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What Can I Do With A Major In Accounting ?

Accounting deals with communicating business and financial information. Managers of companies use accounting information to help them with planning, controlling, and decision-making activities associated with their organizations. Majoring in accounting can lead to a variety of career paths in many different industries. Career paths can be generally categorized into two broad categories: public accounting and non-profit accounting.

Public accounting includes external auditing, tax planning and return preparation, and consulting. Usually one obtains the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) designation when choosing the public accounting career path. The CPA designation requires 150 college hours, most often achieved by obtaining a Master of Accountancy degree after getting a bachelors degree.

Non-public accounting includes a very diverse collection of occupations such as: corporate controller, internal auditor, cost accountant, tax accountant, budget accountant, IRS agent, government auditor, nonprofit controller, government accountant, credit manager, and financial institution officer. Non-public accounting positions usually do not require a CPA designation; therefore, a bachelor’s degree is adequate preparation for these jobs. Often businesses desire accounting students for all types of non-accounting positions because of their broad business training and overall knowledge of the financial impacts of business events.

Alumni of our program currently have industry positions such as auditors in public accounting firms, internal auditors in insurance companies, management accountants in manufacturing firms, accountants in both State and Federal government agencies (including positions as special agents for the FBI), and management consultants in consulting firms.

Accounting Career Guide

Visit CCSU’s Accounting Department webpage here.

Sample of Related Occupations

Accounting Manager




Benefits Administrator

Bill & Account Collectors

Budget Analyst

Certified Public Accountant

Cost Accountant

Chief Financial Officer

Claims Adjuster

Collection Agent

Commercial Banker

Commodities Trader


Credit Analyst

Estate Planner

Financial Advisor

Financial Analyst

FBI Agent

Fraud Examiner

Wholesale/Retail Buyer

Marketing Manager

IRS Agent

Loan Officer

Management Consultant

Payroll Manager


Purchasing Agent

Revenue Agent

Tax Collector

For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Professional Associations & Additional Career Information

All Business

American Academy of Actuaries

American Accounting Association

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Association of Government Accountants

The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting

Financial Career Zone

Forensic Accounting

The Institute of Internal Auditors

The Institute of Management Accountants

MBA Online

The Professional Accounting Society of America

Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities

Accounting majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.

The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunities where the employer was specifically looking for accounting majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit College Central Network, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.

Blum Shapiro - Accounting & Auditing Internship

Constitution Billing & Financial Services - Accounting Clerk

Harper & Whitfield, P.C. - Staff Accountant Co-op

Hispanic Recruitment Services - Accounting Internship

Internal Revenue Service - Revenue Officer

McGladrey & Pullen - Assurance Associate, Assurance Internship and Tax Internship

Morris Group, Inc. - Accounting Internship

State of Connecticut Auditors of Public Accounts - Auditing Internship

State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services - Training & Development Internship

The Hartford - Technology Leadership Development Program (TLDP)

Trumbull Services - Subrogation Specialist

Volvo Aero Connecticut - Accounting Internship