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If I graduate with an accounting degree should I continue to become a CPA? What advantage does the certification offer?

In some states, becoming a CPA requires another year of school, graduate degree #undecided

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William’s Answer

Depending on your desired career path, I would strongly consider you to get your CPA license. It makes you an attractive prospect when searching for a job as it is a huge boost that you can place on your resume. Definitely research as to what you want to do and go from there as to if your desired job path would require it.
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Emily’s Answer

Getting your CPA credential is not an essential for your career, but does come with some great benefits. A CPA is yours, no matter where you work, and is something that shows potential employers that you are committed to your career. Beyond that, having a CPA will allow you to own your own accounting firm if that ever becomes of interest to you.
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Marc’s Answer

I highly recommend getting your CPA license. I agree with the above comments in that many public accounting firms pay higher bonus's to those who obtain their CPA license within their first few years at the firm. Further, some firms may require a CPA license to get promoted past a certain level. accounting finance business cpa
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Sam’s Answer

If you plan to go into public accounting a CPA license is very important. It will allow you to take your accounting career to any level you want. Many accounting firms pay more to CPAs and promote CPAs faster. Even if you leave public accounting a CPA license will set you apart from other business majors in fields like finance and economics. Having done a year of grad school for CPA purposes I would recommend that path and say it is definitely worth the extra year.
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Abby’s Answer

Like the above answers, I strongly encourage getting your CPA designation. Many employers will pay for the annual enrollment, courses and exams which make it easily attainable.


There are many positions that require having a CPA, and by not having one, you may be limited to the promotions and jobs you are qualified for. While it is definitely a challenging program, the benefits of having more career prospects and not be limited to how far you can progress at many companies do outweigh the costs in my opinion.

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