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You will need a four year business or accounting degree to get a job as an accountant. It is imperative that you like numbers and are good in math as you will need to have a lot of math courses under your belt. Exceptional organizational and communication skills are a must, as well as operating a computer efficiently. Most all accountants now use a computer, very few still use a spreadsheet to do business.

You will need to be qualified and certified as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant in the US, or Chartered Accountant in Canada) by taking an exam, at which point you will get a license. If you pass your first attempt at the exam, then you can be licensed. If not, then you may have to go back for another year of school (Masters in Accounting) in order to attempt the exam again. After that, you can try as many times as you need, in order to pass.

A company may also require you to take even more training to be an accountant at their place of business. You can also become a member of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) or the IFAC (International Federation of Accountants).

What are Accountants like?


Based on our pool of users, Accountants tend to be predominately enterprising people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Accountants by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 5497 Sokanu users

Are Accountants happy?


Accountants rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 7th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Accountant Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Accountants

The most common degree held by Accountants is Accounting. 37% of Accountants had a degree in Accounting before becoming Accountants. That is over 21 times the average across all careers. Business Management And Administration graduates are the second most common among Accountants, representing 18% of Accountants in the Sokanu user base, which is 2.8 times the average.

Accountant Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Accountant, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Accountants % of population Multiple
Accounting 36.6% 1.7% 21.0×
Business Management And Administration 18.4% 6.5% 2.8×
Finance 15.3% 2.0% 7.6×
Economics 11.3% 3.9% 2.9×
Business 7.0% 2.4% 2.9×
Mathematics 3.2% 1.8% 1.7×
Business Economics 2.9% 0.8% 3.8×
Marketing And Marketing Research 2.7% 2.2% 1.2×
Psychology 2.7% 6.9% 0.4×
English Literature 2.4% 4.9% 0.5×
International Business 1.7% 1.0% 1.7×
Hospitality Management 1.6% 0.9% 1.7×
Political Science 1.5% 2.9% 0.5×
Human Resources 1.4% 1.0% 1.4×
International Relations 1.3% 1.5% 0.8×
Fine Arts 1.2% 2.0% 0.6×
Biology 1.1% 3.6% 0.3×
Management Information Systems 1.1% 0.4% 2.7×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.1% 1.6% 0.7×
Computer Science 1.0% 2.8% 0.4×
History 1.0% 2.2% 0.5×

Accountant Education Levels

82% of Accountants have a bachelor's degree. 9% of Accountants have a master's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 9%
Bachelor's degree 82%
Master's degree 9%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Career Attributes

  • $56,658
  • 1,397,700
  • 2.6
  • 10.0%
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