An associate degree typically takes two years if you attend school full time. The world of business and finance is large, and an associate degree is good for an entry-level position in many sub-fields. Students can work while completing a higher degree, such as a bachelor's.
According to the website Guide to Online Schools, with an associate degree in business finance, you can gain an entry-level position in the banking industry such as bank teller. An entry-level teller position can progress into head teller, new accounts clerk, or customer service representative with the appropriate training and experience. In order to advance to senior positions as account manager or bank manager, you must complete a higher degree such as a bachelor's or a master's.
With an associate degree in business, you can obtain a position as an administrative professional. Administrative professionals serve many functions in an organization. An administrative assistant reports to an individual or a group of individuals and is responsible for daily scheduling, paperwork and any other tasks. The job specific duties depend on the field. For example, if you are an administrative assistant in a dental office, you may work with dental insurance companies to file claims.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with an associate degree, you can procure a position as a junior accountant. With sufficient experience and supervision, some firms may allow you to move on to a higher position such as accountant. Many junior accountants complete internships, working closely with senior accountants, before being given additional responsibility in the firm.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, state and local governments hire for tax examiner positions with a minimum requirement of an associate degree. Tax examiners review taxes for accuracy and adherence to tax law. At the entry level, tax examiners may perform clerical duties such as filing paperwork. Under supervision from more experienced examiners, entry-level examiners gain experience to move on to more independence and responsibility.
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