For Prospective Students

Considering a career in accounting? Learn more about the field with our FAQs, media recommendations and more.

Frequently Asked Questions about Accounting

Not really. All you need is basic algebra. You need to be good at adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing—that’s it. The core business courses in mathematics cover the necessary skills.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, that is partially true, but so is everyone else. In general, successful accountants are engaged and soft skills are tantamount to a successful career in accounting. 

Accounting is the language of business and without reliable financial information, which accountants develop, worldwide commerce would collapse. That responsibility isn’t boring. 

A career isn’t about how much free time one has but how many opportunities and growth one can enjoy. Accountants have periods of time when long hours are necessary, but there are many opportunities for positive work/life balance. 

Technology is changing all fields including accounting. Routine bookkeeping jobs may disappear with technology, but there is even more of a demand for the analyzing, problem-solving and decision-making skills of an educated accountant. Accounting was one the most in demand jobs in 2020 (LinkedIn, May 2020).

Accounting is one of the most dynamic professions, requiring critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making with fact-based situations. It isn’t hard; it is exciting!

Accounting does take diligence and hard-work. To become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), one must complete 150 credit-hours of education and pass four exams. Additionally, Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification requires work experience and successful completion of two exams.

Media Recommendations

“Making it Balance” | Road Trip Nation

Join Sobia, Leilani, and Da’Rell—three young adults on a mission to meet leaders who began their careers in audit or accounting and learn from them—travel across the country in search of what it looks like to pave your own career path.

“Embezzling $53 MILLION: How Rita Crundwell Operated the Largest Municipal Fraud in American History”

From the City Club of Chicago, Attorney Devon Bruce recounts how the former controller and treasurer of the City of Dixon managed to embezzle $53 million from the city over the course of 22 years and how she was ultimately brought to justice.

“Reasons to Be an Accountant”
“Reasons Not to Be an Accountant”

Unraveled (2011)
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

The Accountant (2016)
The Untouchables (1987)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)