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I've been working in GIS since 1998 - I've been at my present position for nearly eight years now.

Right now my wife is suggesting I start a post-graduate certificate in accounting. It would take about two years, and then I could take the CPA exam, etc. Does anyone know of job out there where I could take advantage of both disciplines? Otherwise, I'd simply be starting out as an accountant around age 40 - I'm not sure I see the point of that.

Anyone have any suggestions here? Much appreciated.

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Like Kirk alluded to GIS and Asset Management integration has been and still is a hot topic in the geospatial world. Having an understanding of the accounting side of this would be beneficial but I am not sure it would warrant going through all the steps of becoming a CPA. You might want to just take some general accounting type courses and see where that leads.

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+1 While basic understanding of accounting can be useful in almost any field of business, I doubt spending two years on this topic will pay back. –  underdark Sep 8 '10 at 12:58
    
Aren't auditors required to be CPA's? I wonder what the audit process is like for small towns that have implemented GASB 34. Seems like a CPA with GIS skills would be the most appropriate type of person to hire for an audit. –  Kirk Kuykendall Sep 8 '10 at 22:13

A few years ago a lot of GIS was being implemented to satisfy GASB 34.

I'm not sure if that has changed, but I don't hear as much about it lately.

Googling for GIS and GASB 34 turns up things like this.

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