Bachelor of AccountingPotential Careers

Accounting Careers: In-Demand Skills Every Business and Organization Needs

No matter their size, every business, agency and nonprofit organization needs professional accountants: this has always been one of the strongest, most stable professions. According to the most recent Federal Bureau of Labor (BLS) Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 13 percent through 2022. In 2012, the median annual salary for accountants and auditors was $63,340.

There are a various type of accounts and auditors, including public accountants, who perform a broad range of accounting auditing, tax and consulting tasks. Many public accountants advance their career opportunities by earning their CPA designation. Management accountants record and analyze financial information for a company's internal use, while government accounting focus on the public sector. Internal auditor research company records to identify fund mismanagement, fraud and reduce waste. Forensic accountants use investigative techniques to identify activities and often partner with law enforcement.

Public accountants. You can handle a varied range of financial tasks or specialize in one particular area, including accounting, auditing, tax or consulting. You can work for an accounting firm that supports business clients in private sector, public sector or both, as well as individuals – or you can open your own business.

CPA: Many public accounts advance their career opportunities by earning their CPA designation, achieved after 30 additional credit hours and successful passing of the Certified Public Accountant examination. This elevates their expertise to handle more complex financial needs and can help fast track their career advancement or business growth. 

Management accountants: These professionals focus on data prepared for a company’s internal use, including analysis of sales; expenses; productivity; and forecasting, as opposed to work prepared for the general public.

Government accountants focus their efforts on examining or maintaining records in the public sector or for businesses and individuals subject to government regulations or taxation. They are often employed by agencies at all levels of government, from local to federal, ensuring that incoming and outgoing revenue complies with all laws and regulations.

Internal auditors: these professionals research company records to identify fund mismanagement and identify process improvement to reduce or eliminate waste and fraud.

Forensic Accountants:  A unique combination of accounting/finance knowledge combined with legal and investigative techniques empowers these professionals to search out and identify illegal activity. They often partner with law enforcement personnel and attorneys and serve as expert trial witnesses.

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