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Career Paths

The profession of accounting is a diverse and challenging field, providing many opportunities for those willing to properly prepare themselves and work hard to achieve their goals. Every organization that receives and pays out funds uses accounting to some extent and accounting services as an integral part of business. As economic activity becomes more sophisticated, complex, and regulated, the demand for accounting services increases. Examples of such services include:

  • systems design and support;
  • financial and managerial reporting;
  • internal auditing,
  • planning and control;
  • assurance services;
  • financial analysis and consulting;
  • litigation support;
  • forensic/fraud investigation;
  • personal financial planning;
  • estate planning;

Many accounting professionals pursue advanced degrees in preparation for, or during their careers. These degrees enhance their professional knowledge, value as an employee, and opportunities for professional advancement. Most common are:

  • Master in Accounting degree (M.S.A.);
  • Master in Taxation Taxation degree (M.ST.);
  • Master in Business Administration degree (M.B.A.);
  • Some choose to attend law school to attain a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (J.D.);

For those interested in public accounting, certification as a C.P.A. can be attained with 30 hours of education beyond the undergraduate degree.

A sampling of accounting career paths:

Public Accounting (C.P.A.):

  • Auditing and Assurance Services
  • Taxation
  • Forensic Investigation
  • International Accounting
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Business Valuation


Corporate/Management Accounting:

  • Systems Design and Control
  • Internal Auditing
  • Cost Accounting and Analysis
  • Budget Analysis
  • Tax Planning
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Management


Governmental Accounting:

  • Auditing (Internal and External)
  • Cost Analysis and Control
  • Budget Analysis
  • Research
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Management



  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Internal Auditing
  • Budgeting
  • Financial Planning



  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Consulting