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Accounting

 

What can I do with this major?


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Area:Public Accounting

Sub-Area:

  • Auditing/assurance Services
  • Tax
  • Environmental Accounting
  • Forensic/Investigative Accounting
  • International Accounting
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Employers:

  • Public Accounting Firms:
  • Large, multinational
  • Regional
  • Local
  • Sole practitioners
  • Strategies & Information:

  • Public accounting firms hire candidates who meet the educational requirements for sitting for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam: 150 hours of education including 24 hours of accounting, i.e. the equivalent of an undergraguate degree in accounting.
  • State laws govern the practice of accountancy and specify the requirements to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam. In most states, the State Board of Accountancy has a website that outlines those requirements.

  • Area:Corporate Accounting

    Sub-Area:

  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Internal Auditing
  • Cost Accounting
  • Tax Planning
  • Budget Analysis
  • Employers:

  • Companies of all sizes, in all industries
  • Strategies & Information:

  • Many managers in corporate settings obtain an MBA degree after several years of work experience.

  • Area:Government

    Sub-Area:

  • Auditing
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Management
  • Budget Analysis
  • Research
  • Employers:

  • Federal agencies and departments including:
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Department of Treasury
  • General Accounting Office
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Securities Exchange Commision
  • State and local agencies
  • Strategies & Information:

  • Complete an internship in a government agency.
  • Become familiar with the government application process.
  • Accounting is a "hot area" in government hiring and many opportunities exist in the public sector.


  • Area:Education

    Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • Researching
  • Consulting
  • Employers:

  • Universities and colleges
  • Strategies & Information:

  • A Ph.D. in Accounting or a DBA, Doctorate in Business Administration, in accounting is generally required.
  • Maintain a high g.p.a. and secure strong faculty recommendations for admittance into graduate school.

  • Area:Non-Profit

    Sub-Area:

  • Accounting
  • Internal Audit
  • Financial Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Money Handling
  • Record Keeping
  • Employers:

  • Social service agencies and organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Public school systems
  • Universities and colleges
  • Religious organizations
  • Libraries and museums
  • Political parties
  • Labor unions