The first thing to consider when looking into a Associate's Degree in Computer Accounting is that you are going to study for and receive a degree or certificate in Accounting. The field of Computer Accounting then adds to this the specialized knowledge of computer accounting systems and their use in the field of accounting in general. This is not always a requirement, as there are specialized certificate programs, which will certify you as being skilled in this area. A computer accounting degree is designed to teach students how to work with computerized accounting systems.
Once you have obtained a certificate in this field you can seek immediate employment in the accounting field or continue your education in accounting. You, for example, could obtain a certification in computer accounting, begin working in the field, and then pursue a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) degree, which will require passing the certification testing. On the other hand, you could always continue on to a full academic career in accounting. Some of the required coursework in a Computer Accounting program will vary, depending on the school that you attend. However, most schools require classes like:
There will be other classes you need, based on whether you are going for a certificate or a full degree, what school you attend, and whether you are part-time or full-time. After completing a certificate in Computer Accounting, you should have a firm knowledge of basic accounting principles. You will also be able to work with various computer accounting applications, analyze and report accounting information, manage bookkeeping operations among others
A Computer Accounting Associate's degree is best suited for individuals who wish to work as an Accounting Support Professional. As a graduate of the program will have the basic theoretical and computer skills necessary to work with computerized accounting systems as well as a basic comprehension of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP. This is the basis of accounting itself. Once employed in the field you can work toward your longer term goal, whether it’s a becoming a CPA or a full degree in accounting. Salaries for graduates with a computer accounting certificate will vary depending on the place of employment and job title. Experience could also be a factor.
Accounting is an important part of any business. As more and more accounting systems become computerized, trained professionals will be needed to work with these applications. Yes, accountants are generally very experienced with these systems but their focus is on the day to day use of them and their application to the needs of proper account management. Increasingly there is a need for individuals that specialize in the tools themselves and that means increasing demand for those who have that specialization. The projected growth for this field is tied to the general growth of industry and business. The consensus is that this field will grow by 13 to 20% steadily over the next several years. This growth is secure due to the fact that this field is fundamental to the conduct of business and as long as there is business, this will be a great area to have a career in.