careers in accounting


Accountants are the information specialists in business. Accountants prepare and interpret financial data needed to make business decisions. Every company needs a business consultant, and as long as there are companies, accountants will be in great demand.

A major in accounting prepares students for careers in public accounting as Certified Public Accountants (CPA) or for careers as accountants for companies in private industry, not-for-profit organizations, or governmental agencies. Certified Public Accountants provide services in many areas, such as:

  • Consulting Services
  • Information Technology Services
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Environmental Accounting
  • International Accounting
  • Tax and Financial Planning

Many of our graduates serve as auditors, budget officers, controllers, cost accountants, systems analysts, and tax accountants for private businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Others work for government agencies such as the General Accounting Office (GAO), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and various state departments of revenue and auditing agencies.

An accounting major provides an excellent background for any career in business and finance. Numerous accounting graduates move during their careers from accounting positions into management positions such as controller, financial vice president, company president, chief executive officer, or business owner. Careers in banking and finance are viable options for accounting graduates. An accounting major also provides excellent undergraduate preparation for a career in corporate or tax law.

For more information concerning accounting-related career options visit the following websites, www.aicpa.org, www.incpas.org, www.bap.org.