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What College And How Many Years Would I Have To Do Accounting For The Government?

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Thank you comment icon Terrell - Thanks for asking your question. When you say "Accounting for the government" are you talking about (1) getting an accounting position in a local city-government (for example becoming an accountant for The City of Boston)? Or are you talking about (2) getting a position working for the IRS for the Federal government? Or (3) something else? Clarifying what you mean by "Accounting for the government" will help us to find the right person to answer your question! Thanks. Jared Chung, Admin

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MelissaWilliams’s Answer

Hi Terrell, if you're interested in becoming a government accountant (for state, city, or federal government agencies), you will need at least a bachelor's degree, that is a degree from a four year college. Most four year colleges offer degrees in accounting.


If you want to become an accountant (for the government or for a private company), it helps if you are conscientious, analytical, good at math, and able to work with business systems and computers. That means that in high school, you should take four years of math, including calculus, make sure you work on your communication and presentation skills in classes like English or speech, and build computer skills.

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Sager’s Answer

Here in Kuwait, like most of the countries in the world, you should spend 4 years in the University inorder to get an Accounting degree.
After that, you can work in any Ministry in the government as an Associate Accountant.

If you want to become a professional accountant, you have to study and take course such as CIA, CPA and CMA. If you obtain a license on this course, then I am sure that you can get a higher position in the government/public sector, and even in private sector.

Few schools that I could recommend here which offer Accounting courses are Kuwait University, American University of Kuwait and Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST).

Go ahead and always remember that the huge benefit will come for a long term.
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Robert’s Answer

You can go to any college that has a school of business. A liberal arts school is not the place to go if you want to go into accounting. Most government accounting jobs would require a 4 year degree in accounting as a minimum. Some of the more senior level jobs might require an MBA. in Accounting. Once you get to college you should discuss your career goals with an adviser, they will be able to help you design your curriculum to get you where you want to go.
Good luck!

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Sam’s Answer

You can really go to any college that offers a four-year bachelors in accounting degree to get a job as an accountant with the government, or really any public or private sector entity for that matter. However, if you also happen to be interested in pursuing your Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license (or other country's equivalent), pay attention to your state's education and experience requirements.

I'll use Michigan as an example because that is what I know. The CPA educational requirement in Michigan is 150 semester hours of college education, which may equate to five years of school. The 150 hours can be a bachelors or masters for CPA purposes. Michigan also does count accounting /auditing work in the governmental arena towards the CPA requirement. Other jurisdictions may or may not.
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