A degree in accounting opens many doors to work in a variety of different industries. An associate’s degree in accounting will establish basic accounting skills that can be applied in a career, or advance into a bachelor’s degree. Accounting studies cover many aspects of business including finance, economics, information technology, and management. These skills can be used to acquire jobs in tax accounting, book keeping, banking, payroll management and more. Public accountants are required to take a test in order to become a certified public accountant (CPA) and be licensed by the state they live in. Graduate degrees can also be obtained in accounting in order to enhance the skill set of the professional to provide advanced services in the ever-changing business world.