What Can You Do With A Major In Accounting? 

Accounting involves the preparation, examination and verification of the reporting of financial
and business transactions to managers in business, industry and government. The major
fields of accounting are public, management, government and internal auditing.  Governmental
accountants need additional emphasis in special accounting methods for non-profit
organizations.  Internal auditors need to be able to evaluate managerial effectiveness
and efficiency.  Management accountants, serving as controllers, treasurers, and other
 financial executives need more concentration in the use of accounting data for predicting
 future costs and income, as well as for evaluative purposes.  Public accountants need
more emphasis in the concepts and standards of auditing and financial reporting.  
Knowledge of computer systems and the development and repair of software is very
 helpful. A master's degree is preferable. Professional recognition through certification
or licensure provides a distinct advantage in the job market. Most accountants work in
urban areas, in colleges, in private industries or in the government. Self-employed
accountants may be able to do part of their work at home.


Some Related Career Titles

(To research these titles and more go to: (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

and see the related print resources in the Career Services Library).


General Job Titles: Bachelor's Degree 

Financial Planner 


Accounting Firms 

General Job Titles: Master's Degree


Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Forensic/Investigative Accountant

Personal Financial Planner

Financial Manager


Budget Analyst

Cost Accountant

Accounts Receivable/Payable Manager

Tax Planner



 General Career Directions
  • Actuary
  • Benefits Administrator
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Commercial Banker
  • Commodities Trader
  • Consumer Credit Officer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Internal Auditor
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • IRS Investigator
  • Loan Administrator
  • Personal Financial Planner
  • Public Accountant
  • Treasurer


Typical Employers/Work Settings 

  • Accounting Firms
  • Banking Firms
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Financial Institutions
  • Forensics Agencies
  • Freelance for Individuals
  • Federal Government Agencies
  • State Government  Agencies
  • Local Government Agencies
  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Labor Unions
  • Insurance Companies 
  • Internal Auditing Agencies
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Private Sectors
  • Self Employment
  • Tax Companies
  • Retail Companies
  • Hospitals
  • Religious Organizations


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Beginning Salary Range 

For updated salary information exclusive to the State of Florida go to:     http://www.FLChoices.org

 National Average:  Entry Level with a Bachelor’s Degree: $47,000  (From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers).  Note:  starting salaries directly correlate with level of each student's GPA, Internship Experience and professionalism. 
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Skills Needed For This Career


Problem solver

Numerical computation

Oral and written communication

Adapt well to frequent change

Analyze and interpret data

Computer literacy


Critical thinking

Systemizing skills


Work independently

Logical thinking

Team work




Typical Career Fields for Accounting Majors

Team work 
Public Accounting
Corporate Accounting
Financial Planning
Production Management
Product Development

Links To Professional Associations  


Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.

American Accounting Association  
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 
Association of Accounting Technicians 
Association of Government Accountants 
National Association of Tax Professionals

Institute of Management Accountants
The Institute of Internal Auditors
State Boards for Accounting



Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 

http://www.accountingdegreesonline.org/career-options-for-accounting-majors/Recent key updates to the career pages include:
- A comprehensive look at the growth of remote accounting positions at not-for-profit employers
- Tips for pursuing actuary graduate work while working simultaneously
- A list of top accounting employers for ROI segmented by state
- Advice for international students interested in continuing their education at a US college


http://www.Accountingedu.org- resource for potential CPAs and students researching state requirements for CPA certification

http://www.searchaccountingjobs.com- National accounting career opportunities

http://www.OnlineAccountingDegrees.com- resource for accounting degrees.  Latest industry expertise and accounting news. 


  Accounting career articles:  http://myaccountingdegree.org/articles/


http://www.businessdegreeonline.com/programs/accounting-degrees -Video interviews with experts from top universities and national associations   


Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Business Administration and other related programs 

 University of North Florida  
Barry University 
Florida A&M 
Florida International University 
Florida State University
University of Florida
University of West Florida 
Other resources for graduate program research




Link To UNF Program 

The  Coggin College of Business   at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in  Accounting.   


Holland Codes:  CE

Conventional   Enterprising

Career Action Plan

•Develop leadership skills on-campus (RA, Peer Advisor, Presidential Envoys, Student Government, etc. ) 

•Join student clubs and groups related to your major 

Focus on your grades and your GPA.  Many accounting firms will only interview candidates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher 

•Gain work experience through an internship in your junior and  senior years.  

•If considering working in international business study a foreign language

•Broaden your understanding of business by taking related courses such as finance, marketing, budget analysis, etc.

•Look to get certifications from professional associations:  (Institute of Internal Auditors; Institute of Management  Accountants)