Where to Find Entry-Level Accounting Jobs
Posted Friday, Oct 29, 2010 by
If you have an associate degree in accounting, where are you likely to find job opportunities?
You can probably rule out the “Big 4” accounting firms — PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte & Touche, KPMG and Ernest & Young — as these top-tier companies usually require the minimum of a bachelor’s degree from one of the nation’s top business schools for consideration.
And it is unlikely you will find an entry-level accounting job with a major corporation or CPA (certified public accountant) firm that wants someone with a four-year bachelor’s degree, industry experience, or both.
With that said, you are likely to still find opportunities for accounting assistants, bookkeepers and even management trainees with the kind of small businesses, entrepreneurships, service organizations and light manufacturing companies that make up the bulk of most local economies.
Many of these companies work with outside staffing agencies to help fill accounting positions. When starting out, it’s a good idea to identify which of these companies have the best reputations in your area and sign up with the one that promises to be the most helpful.
Other places to search include:
- Internet job listings. Popular sites like Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, Job.com and Craig’s List can all lead you to local employment opportunities.
- Newspaper want ads. Yes, companies still advertise employment positions in “old-fashioned” newspapers. Small local papers can often be the best place to look for entry-level accounting work.
- Social networks. Because the availability of entry-level jobs are often best learned via word-of-mouth, online social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook can prove invaluable in any accounting job hunt.
- Employer websites. If there is a company in your area you already know you’d like to work for, check its website. Often, job opportunities will be posted in a special “Careers” section along with instructions on how to apply.
Of course, finding an entry-level accounting job — or a job at any level in any industry — will depend on a number of factors, including local economic conditions, your own level of training and experience, and how far from home you’re willing to look. But bookkeeping and basic accounting services is a skillset that will likely always be in demand, and with sufficient work and creativity, you should find opportunities in even the most challenging of economies.
Earn Your Associate Degree in Accounting Online
The associate degree in Accounting program offered by Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, is specifically designed for career-minded individuals who may already have a job or who are raising a family and don’t have time to go to a traditional ground school. Because classes are online, students can study on their own schedules and at their own pace. At the same time, student-teacher and student-student interaction remains high.
Courses in the accounting degree in Accounting program include:
- Principles of Accounting
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Payroll Accounting
- Tax Accounting
- Introductory Cost/Managerial Accounting
- Applied Spreadsheets
- Introduction to Finance
- Applied Business Law
As with all Everest programs, classes are small to ensure you get the individual attention you need. Learning emphasizes group projects and real-world scenarios. Instructors are primarily industry professionals. And, upon graduation, you can take advantage of Everest’s Career Services professionals who can help you identify employment opportunities in your area.
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For more information on the Accounting associate degree program or other career education programs, contact Everest University Online today!