A degree in accounting allows you to perform accounting duties for both individuals and companies. There are many different specialties within accounting that you can study. The general accounting degree includes working on taxes, issuing financial reports and maintaining financial records. The job of an accountant is to keep track of finances for either an individual or corporation. The functions learned in the degree are account payable, payroll, retail sales reports, investments and accounts receivable. The general goal is to access the health of any financial situation. Once a degree is obtained, you will be eligible to become a certified accountant.