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What is Financial Accounting?

Financial accounting is the practice of keeping records for financial transactions. Accountants use financial statements to track cash flow while making predictions and recommendations moving forward. Financial reporting is a vital part of the health of a business or household, and those accounting standards can build or break an organization. Generally accepted accounting principles are the lifeblood of an organization. Those financial transactions provide valuable insight into operations, and a quality accounting system could reveal strengths and weaknesses that are integral to decision making.

Learning about Accounting

Financial accounting is an in-demand field, so learning the ins and outs could set you on the path to a stable and rewarding career. Once you know your way around an income statement or a balance sheet, you could be responsible for the positive forward motion for organizations or households that desperately need your service. Many positions require a degree, but specialization can come from a variety of paths. Whether you're exploring financial accounting as a career or examining a specialization area, a course or certification could be just what you need to get you on your way.

Financial Accounting Courses and Certifications

edX offers quite a few courses to introduce the principles of financial accounting through partnerships with thought leaders in the industry. You can explore the foundations with IIMB or Babson and move on to more specific courses such as USM's Financial Accounting for Corporations. Other options include IMF's Public Financial Management where you'll learn to sort the financial transactions and statement of cash flows for the public good. Financial information concerning large organizations could be made more clear with USM's course, and other options include even personal accounting courses. If you're mid-career, or just searching for one, and you need a boost, some of the certifications from edX could provide that path. The ACCA's certification in Accounting gives you an overview of key concepts in the field from cash flow statements to international financial reporting standards. There are even specializations in things like management accounting or accounting for a business. The final tier is a micro-masters in the field offered by Indiana University. It builds skills in everything from basic financial statements to taxes to significant decision making. It can jumpstart a career for you without having to leave your home.

Explore a Career in Financial Accounting

Financial accounting standards are a critical part of business and personal operations. Financial data reveals so much about us and can facilitate every goal we have. Whether you're handling long term liabilities or cataloging business transactions, your input is valuable. Small businesses will always need your skills, and even government agencies designed for oversight use the powers of a good accountant. General-purpose accounting is a great jumpstart career, and you could find yourself using your skills to build something amazing. Let edX give you everything you need to get started.