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).

 

 With aMaster's Degree

Auditor

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Forensic/Investigative Accountant

Personal Financial Planner

Financial Manager

Controller

Budget Analyst

Cost Accountant

Accounts Receivable/Payable Manager

Tax Planner

                                                                                            

 With aBachelor's Degree 

Financial Planner

Payroll

Accounting Firms

 

 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
  • Treasure
 

 

Typical Employers/Work Settings 

 
  • Accounting Firms
  • Banking Firms
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Financial Institutions
  • Forensics Agencies
  • Freelance for Individuals
  • Government Agencies
 
 
  • Insurance Companies 
  • Internal Auditing Agencies
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Private Sectors
  • Self Employment
  • Tax Companies
 

 

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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

Organized

Critical thinking

Systemizing skills

Efficient

Work independently

Logical thinking

Team work

 

 

 

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

 

 

Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 

http://www.accounting.com/

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

http://www.searchaccountingjobs.com- National accounting career opportunities
http://www.accountingnow.com/
http://www.beyond.com/ 
http://www.careerbank.com/
http://www.financialjobbank.com/

http://www.OnlineAccountingDegrees.com- resource for accounting degrees.  Latest industry expertise and accounting news. 
http://www.jobsinthemoney.com/
 
http://www.jobs.irs.gov/home.html

http://myaccountingdegree.org/accounting-job-resources-mega-list/

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

 http://myaccountingdegree.org

http://accounting.answers.com/
http://www.accountingdegreetoday.com 
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
http://www.gradschools.com/ 
http://www.petersons.com/ 
http://www.princetonreview.com/

http://www.MastersinAccounting.info/

 

 

Link To UNF Program 

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

 

 

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