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Accounting Career Information
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Public Accounting

  • Auditing/assurance Services
  • Tax
  • Environmental Accounting
  • Forensic/Investigative Accounting
  • International Accounting
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Public Accounting Firms:
    • Large, multinational
    • Regional
    • Local
  • Sole practitioners
  • 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 undergraduate 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.

Corporate Accounting

  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Internal Auditing
  • Cost Accounting
  • Tax Planning
  • Budget Analysis
  • Companies of all sizes, in all industries
  • Many managers in corporate settings obtain an MBA degree after several years of work experience.


  • Auditing
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Management
  • Budget Analysis
  • Research
  • 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 Commission
    • State and local agencies
  • 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.


  • Teaching
  • Researching
  • Consulting
  • Universities and colleges
  • 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.


  • Accounting
  • Internal Audit
  • Financial Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Money Handling
  • Record Keeping
  • Social service agencies and organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Public school systems
  • Universities and colleges
  • Religious organizations
  • Libraries and museums
  • Political parties
  • Labor unions
  • Volunteer at non-profit organizations and build a network of contacts in the non-profit sector.

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