Simultaneously raising a family and climbing the corporate ladder may be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Thanks to technology, the traditional office environment is changing to make work-life balance more of a reality. Accounting is the perfect career path for busy parents who want a promising career (and paycheck!) but still need the flexibility to run a household. The following accounting careers provide flexible hours and can give you the work experience you need as you earn your Bachelor’s degree or CPA. Many of these positions will even let you work part-time or remotely for the ultimate flexibility.
Are you just dipping your toes into the world of accounting? Starting off as a bookkeeper will give you the experience you need if you dream of being an accountant but aren’t sure if you’re cut out for the field. While most bookkeeping jobs don’t require a degree, you’ll find it’s much easier to find a well-paid position if you hold at least an Associate’s Degree. Bookkeepers for small businesses handle a little bit of everything (billing, payroll, general ledger) while those at larger corporations will specialize in one task. This role is so flexible because many positions are part-time and often can work from home. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, bookkeepers in Massachusetts can enjoy a median salary of $44,260, the third highest in the nation.
Despite working some crazy hours during busy season, accountants have a relatively flexible work schedule. Most accounting work is done on a computer, giving you the ability to tuck your nose into some spreadsheets at a local coffee shop or in your home office. Another great thing about being a CPA? There is so much flexibility! CPAs can work for large and small companies, accounting firms, or even work for themselves out of a home office. When you’re not busy scanning financial documents, you’ll be making reports and presenting your findings to clients. The average salary for an accountant in 2015 was $82,540 in Massachusetts, but can vary based job experience, the type of company you work for, and your area of specialization.
If you’re a self-starter and have an eye for details, you might excel at becoming an external auditor. Most employers require external auditors to have Bachelor’s Degrees and CPA designations. As an outside consultant, your responsibilities include visiting businesses to make sure that their financial statements are accurate and follow legal best practices. Many external auditors are self-employed, allowing you to set your own schedule and hours. According to Payscale.com, the median salary for this role is $76,000.
When flexibility no longer matters
Do you not have little ones at home? One of the biggest perks of an accounting career is that it can be done from the comfort of your couch or in an office downtown. When you no longer need to juggle daycare and babysitters, you can easily transition to a 9 to 5 role at any business. Most businesses and government offices have in-house accountants, so you don’t have to settle in a cubicle at an accounting firm.
Are you excited to embark upon a flexible and rewarding career? First you need to learn the basics of accounting. CCE at Assumption offers Accounting Certificate, Associate’s Degree, and Bachelor’s Degree programs to fit any schedule. Get started today!