I’m not an accountant now, but at one point I had my CPA. I’ve let it lapse in recent years. Hopefully, I’m still qualified to respond!
There are many things you can do with an interest in accounting. Don’t assume that you must be an accountant just because you do well in an introduction to bookkeeping class. Accounting can be an entry into ** many **areas of management.
When I got out of school with and accounting degree, I went straight into auditining. Auditing is a love/hate kind of thing. If you love it, life is good. You work like hell during busy season (think 80 hours per week or more), but outside of busy season you can get a lot of time off and the pay is good.
Busy season is usually January through May. It’s not unusual for auditors to work 80 hours for several weeks in a row then take 3 consecutive weeks off. If you like that, it’s a great life.
If you’re considering getting your CPA. please note that it’s a great entry into many fields. I currently work in marketing. You would think that a CPA would have nothing to do with marketing. However, getting that designation really made an impact. I work for a financial services firm and having a CPA really made a differnce for them. It’s not like I really use my accounting education. It’s more the fact that they saw I was smart enough and quantitative enough to get the degree–they didn’t care about the rest.
When I was in auditing, we would get a customer’s books and go through them. We would check that they entered information correctly. Then we would do some spot checking to make sure that they were really checkiing what they said they were. To be a good auditor, you need an eye for detail and a good head for figures (it sounds like you have that).
All that said, in 11th grade, you’re still very young. Take accounting classes if they interest you. If you follow your interest and you have abilitiies to back it upl you will find a job to match!
I’ve got to say, I can’t think of a better entry level job for someone that is analytically bent than auditing. You gain an entry into so many different areas and yet you never pigeon hold yourself. If you’re not analytical, it may be different. But for numbers freaks, auditing is a great start!