Accounting Associate Career


Career Description:

Starting a career in accounting opens a lot of opportunities to professionally grow and become financially secure. One may start and become employed as an accounting associate. Under the direction of a senior accountant, the accounting associate handles accounting and taxation duties.  The responsibilities of an accounting associate cover collecting data, budgeting, auditing, analyzing transactions and accounts, reconciling accounts, preparing financial reports, balancing accounts, compiling financial documents, and other accounting activities. It is his responsibility to make sure that all financial data and information is accurate and secure. Pursuing a career as an accounting associate requires one to have skills in organization, communication, analysis, and time management.  One must be able to multitask and work under much pressure.

How to become an Accounting Associate

To become an accounting associate, one must earn an associate or bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or any other related field. One must gain relevant experience in the field of accounting.  Employers do consider one’s experience in accounting before taking in a prospective accounting associate.  Pursuing advanced courses to earn a master’s degree provides one an advantage in advancing in this type of career.    Obtain a certification and earn the designation of a Certified Public Accountant.  Earning such designation allows one to be considered for a higher career position.

Accounting Associate Courses, training, programs

An accounting degree gives one a chance to gain background in various areas of accounting such as financial accounting, management accounting, cost accounting, public and non-public accounting, taxation, auditing, international accounting, business law and ethics, economics, management, communication and information systems. 

TOP 5 colleges/Universities

University of Texas-Austin, Texas

Brigham Young University, Utah

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

University of Notre Dame, Indiana

University of Southern California, California

Accounting Associate Jobs, opportunities, salaries/pay

The accounting associate has an opportunity to earn from $30,028 to $56,226 per year.  The salary depends on one’s location, employer, experience and benefits.  Employment may be found in various industries such as public accounting, financial services, insurance and manufacturing.  The accounting associate may move up to a higher accounting position through advanced courses or degrees.

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