Area

Employer


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

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

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

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:
  • Teaching
  • Researching
  • Consulting
Employers:
  • Universities and colleges

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

General Information and Strategies

  • Earn good grades. Grades are an indicator of technical competence in accounting and of a person's work ethic.
  • Potential employers place a big emphasis on strong interpersonal skills. Demonstrate these skills by having a well-rounded background.
  • Actively participate in student organizations to develop leadership skills.
  • Develop excellent computer skills.
  • Learn to work well within a team.
  • Develop strong communication skills.
  • Gain work experience and learn information about careers through internships. Consider completing internships in the spring semster, not just summer term.
  • Join Beta Alpha Psi, the honorary fraternity for accounting and finance information professionals, to gain knowledge about the accounting profession.
  • Certifications available through the Institute of Internal Auditors or the Institute of Management Accountants may increase job marketability in some areas of accounting.
  • Accounting students should develop their analytical, critical-thinking and problem solving skills. Develop high ethical standards.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail are important traits for accountants.
  • Accounting is a versatile degree. Students who graduate with a major in accounting may find jobs in many areas of business including: banking, financial planning, sales, production management, client management, product development, procurement, and general management.