Post # 1
I currently work in accounts receivable but I also help our controller with some journal entries and other things. I’m very interested in being like a full-charge bookkeeper and possibly one day doing bookkeping/accounting for small businesses.
I was wondering what type of education would get me started. I have thought of starting with an associates degree in accounting, but a couple bookkeepers I have talked to say an accounting degree isn’t going to teach me anything about bookkeeping. They said I should just take bookkeeping classes.
So for those of you that are bookkeepers, what do you think I should do?
Post # 3
Maybe I am biased (pursuing accounting degree) but I say get the AS in accounting. It is true- book keeping doesn’t need it- however with it, you make yourself more valuable and can apply to jobs that may require it (which essentially means more $$).
Post # 4
@armychica06: What she said. I have a BS in Finance and a MS in Accounting and am currently working as the only accountant for a small business while I save up money to review for the CPA exam. I’d go for an accounting degree. The things you learn while getting an accounting degree are valuable and can make YOU more valuable as an employee which can equal more money in the long run.
Post # 5
Thanks ladies. Another questions, for the bookkeeping classes, should i take them now, or wait until the associates degree is done.. or are they even necessary?
Post # 6
@armychica06: I totally agree. I have my BA in Accounting and though I’m not in that field any longer, it goes a long way for potential employers to see the schooling in accounting rather than just a few bookkeeping classes under your belt. I think you should start by getting your AS in Accounting, then a few bookkeeping classes…then, if you’re ambitious enough, go for the BA/BS in Accounting!