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.
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Sample of Related Occupations
Bill & Account Collectors
Certified Public Accountant
Chief Financial Officer
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 Schools.com
American Academy of Actuaries
American Accounting Association
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Association of Government Accountants
Careers in Accounting.com
The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
Financial Career Zone
The Institute of Internal Auditors
The Institute of Management Accountants
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 opportunitites 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 Central Connections, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the CACE 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