Women are the majority in Accounting in the US, leaving the stereotype that women don't get along with numbers where it belongs: in the past!
Here is a brief conversation about the profession with one of these women, Christina Pike, Staff Accountant at JT Logistics.
Tell us a little bit about your background: where did you study and how log are you in the profession?
Right out of High School I started working doing Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. I also became an assistant to our department accountant and helped her with the General Ledger. In 2010 after not getting a higher position at my current employer because I had not taken any accounting classes, I enrolled at DMACC in Ankeny a week before classes started and went back to school part-time in the evenings as an older adult while working a full-time job and having two kids. I took two classes each semester even through the summer and graduated in May of 2014 with my Associates Degree in Accounting Paraprofessional and Associates Degree in Science.
What do you like the most about your profession?
I enjoy working with numbers. I like the attention to detail and balancing accounts. I am always up for a good challenge.
What’s more challenging about being an accountant?
Changing computer software and programming. Along with company’s code expenses differently.
More than 60% of accountants and auditors in the US are women(1). Why do you think women succeed in the profession?
I feel like most women are very detailed and can change tasks in the middle of something and remember where they left off.
Women like you destroy the gender stereotype of “bad at Math”. Is it something are you proud to model to your children?
My two boys always give me a hard time just because I can’t do a 12-step algebra problem, but I can still produce the correct answer in a shorter amount of time. I taught both of my boys to always double check their math problems by working their problems as a reverse problem. Example if It’s a subtraction problem after you have completed it, reverse it into an addition problem to double check and make sure that you did it correctly.