The major in accounting is designed to provide you with the general, business and accounting knowledge necessary for you to succeed as a professional accountant. As accounting is a dynamic field, you will learn how to keep your knowledge up to date so you can continue to grow throughout your professional career. In addition, as an accounting major, you will also acquire the communication, computer and interpersonal skills necessary to successfully resolve complex problems in unstructured settings.

Careers in Accounting

Did you know that the demand for accountants and auditors is expected to grow 16 percent between 2010 and 2020? That means students like you will have ample career opportunities after graduation. Demand for your knowledge is on the rise. If you are earning your degree in accounting, here are just some of the career options that are possible:

Accountants hold one of the top 3 jobs in the business field, according the Bureau of Labor Analysis. Accountants have a passion for numbers, are organized and detail-oriented and possesses a high degree of integrity.

Internal Revenue Service Special Agent
If numbers and investigation are your strong points, there may be a job for you at the IRS. The IRS hires agents specifically to investigate potential criminal activity related to financial records. Agents work closely with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and many other federal agencies.

Chief Financial Officer
As a CFO, you are responsible for your company’s financial goals, budgets and spending habits. You are in charge of economic strategies, spending projections, investing and many other aspects of the financial needs of a business.

Bookkeepers are detailed-oriented. Your job as a bookkeeper will require you to be accurate and efficient with a range of basic financial tasks that are critical to your company’s ability to keep accurate financial information. You would be expected to handle large volumes of routine financial transactions in areas such as sales, purchases, and payroll.

Accounting student working on an assignment

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.