Did you know the accounting field is growing by 11% and quickly approaching 1.5 million jobs1? That’s faster than average. With this kind of job opportunity, it’s clear that pursuing a degree in accounting is a good move. If traditional school is not an option for your busy life, an online accounting degree program may be exactly what you’re looking for.
If you want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting, but you don’t know much about online education, we can help take the mystery out of it!
Here are four things to expect from your online accounting degree program:
1. You Can Learn More than Numbers
An article by U.S News2 states that “despite the fact that accountants spend their days working with numbers, the job does not involve as much math as one might think.”
At Grantham, a few of our online accounting degree program outcomes focus on areas other than analyzing accounting data. In addition to learning accounting concepts, tools and strategies, upon successful completion of the program, you should be able to:
• Demonstrate critical thinking through applying decision-support tools
• Describe decision making skills that are relevant to professional, ethical and social responsibilities
• Demonstrate communication skills
• Understand the importance of diversity
So what does this mean? Well, while you master your strategic accounting skills throughout the program, you will be gaining invaluable business skills, too.
2. You Can Gain Business Skills
The online accounting degree program at Grantham offers a curriculum filled with business courses ranging from Principles of Business Management to Business Law II. Upon completion of the BS in Accounting program at Grantham, you will have the opportunity to enter the workforce with a strong foundation of business knowledge.
“The advance of technology has taken a lot of the executing of tasks…out of the hands of accountants and into the hands of machines,” said Chris Ekimoff3, manager of investigations and forensics for the internal audit department at Hilton Worldwide. “That has made accountants fit more into the role of trusted business advisors.”
With the extensive knowledge about business and ethical responsibility you can learn in an online accounting degree program, you will be putting yourself in a good position to fill the desired “trusted business advisor” role.
3. You Can Learn How to Use Accounting Information Software
Gone are the paper-based days of “bookkeeping.” Instead, accounting software is often used by accountants to interpret data more efficiently.
In a survey done by Accountemps4, Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, noted that “new hires who already possess IT knowledge face a shorter learning curve and can contribute more quickly.”
At Grantham, we provide an Accounting Information Systems course, through which students can form an understanding of how to use current accounting technology effectively in contemporary business organizations. As Messmer said, this knowledge and understanding of accounting in the digital age can help place you above the competition for potential accounting positions.
4. Your Online Education Comes with Advantages
According to research from the National Center for Education Statistics5, there were 5,522,194 students enrolled in any distance education courses at degree-granting postsecondary institutions in 2013.
With over 5.5 million people enrolled in online postsecondary courses, there has to be some advantages, right? Right.
Grantham University commits to making higher education accessible and affordable for many people. Your online education at Grantham accommodates your busy schedule, whether you are working full time or are your family’s primary caretaker. We also offer financial aid and scholarships to qualified students.
As an institution accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), all Grantham programs have been examined by subject matter experts and have either met or exceeded the Accrediting Commission’s academic and ethical standards. With a degree from Grantham, you can get the best of both worlds. A flexible, affordable online education that fits into your schedule, and an exceptional accounting education.
How to Start Your Online Accounting Degree Program
If you want to pursue a career in accounting, but don’t know how to fit it in your busy schedule, consider jumping into the world of online education with an online accounting degree program.
Contact us today to learn more about how to get started on your accounting education.
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