Interested in a degree in accounting? According to the BLS, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020.[i] The competitive pressures and new opportunities in the global economy require expertise in traditional accounting and finance best practices, as well as the knowledge and foresight to help companies adapt to change and seize opportunities.
An accounting-focused curriculum typically includes topics such as budget management, tax law and auditing, and regulatory compliance requirements. While, those who focus on finance often study topics such as budget planning, raising and managing capital, risk management, corporate finance and financial accounting.
Accountants and auditors who have earned professional recognition, especially as a Certified Public Accountants (CPA), could have the best hiring prospects in the coming years -- and those have a master's degree in accounting or a master's degree in business with a concentration in accounting also may have an advantage. [ii]
Current professionals can also find courses to prepare them for advanced certification, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).