All businesses, no matter the industry, need to have financial and accounting professionals involved in their business practices, because all businesses have some involvement with money or assets. Because of this, accounting has always been a popular profession for people who have analytical minds or who like numbers and arithmetic. Accountants should also have a high level of integrity, as they are often exposed to classified information in the course of their work, and the company they work for would want that kept a secret until it is time for it to be released, such as bank statements and payroll.

Aside from an affinity for working with numbers, accountants currently should have a good grasp of basic computer skills, especially through Microsoft Office and Excel, as much of a company’s budget work can be done using spreadsheets. Aside from work in billing and accounts payable or receivable, most accounting jobs require at least an associate degree or higher. Those who strive to become management in an accounting department or firm should strive for at least a bachelor’s degree, if not their MBA. Professionals who are interested in taking their career to the next level can also take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam to have verified credentials for their accounting skills.

According to Indeed.com, the average salary for an accountant in Houston is $66,000 per year. This is 13 percent higher than the national average for salaries for accountants across the country, so Houston is a good city to pursue a career in accounting! Senior accountants in Houston can earn close to $100,000 per year; and this job title can be achieved with hard work, job experience, and the appropriate education. If a job in accounting sounds like the perfect fit for you, make sure to find a degree program that fits your educational needs.

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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