Graduates can pursue careers in one of the four major fields of accounting: public accounting, management accounting, government accounting and internal audit. Employment can be found in public accounting firms, private industry, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and educational institutions. Some graduates open their own firms and are self employed.
Many students continue their education in graduate school, and most obtain certification to advance their career, such as becoming a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to passing all four parts of the Uniform CPA Examination, most states require candidates to complete 150 semester hours of college coursework and have two years of professional experience.
Other certifications include Certified Management Account, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Financial Services Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Information Technology Professional and Personal Financial Specialist. These certifications also have requirements in addition to the bachelor's degree in accounting.
In the Workforce
- Public accounting: Our graduates have worked for all types of public accounting firms, including the Big Four firms. Positions have included audit associate, staff accountant, senior accountant, tax senior accountant, supervising senior auditor, tax manager, forensic accountant and consultant.
- Management accounting: Positions have included corporate accountant, corporate accounting manager, senior tax analyst, budget analyst, net asset accountant, international audit supervisor, organizational development specialist, administration director, assistant controller, controller, senior vice president, president, chief administrative officer, chief financial officer and chief executive officer.
- Government accounting: Opportunities exist at the federal, state and municipal levels. Federal agencies include the Internal Revenue Service, Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Positions have included accountant, auditor and technical specialist.
- Internal auditing: Positions have included senior internal auditor and internal audit manager.
- Other: Positions have included portfolio manager, insurance adviser, financial adviser, security analyst, fixed income trader, financial planning and analysis director and university administrator.
Graduates may find employment in for-profit, nonprofit, government, educational, health care and sports settings, among others. Our coursework gives students the knowledge to be self-employed entrepreneurs, managers or supervisors in business and services such as banking, insurance, real estate, hotel, medical sales, finance, manufacturing, product development, human resources, IT management, research and business analysis.
In the Workforce
- Banking: Banks, credit unions, savings and loan associations, wholesale lenders, investments, Federal Reserve banks.
- Consulting: Research assistant, research associate, business analyst.
- Education: Recruitment, advising, registrar, alumni, finance.
- Finance: Accounting, auditing, financial analyst, budget analyst, personal financial adviser, buyer.
- Government: Local, state and federal offices, military contractors and installations.
- Human resource management: Retail stores, restaurants, hotels and other facilities, health care organizations, labor unions, educational institutions.
- Insurance: Insurance firms, insurance brokers, analysts.
- Management: Hotel, restaurant, spas, athletic facilities, retail stores, operations, production, self-employed, banks.
- Nonprofit: Management, assistants in education, medical facilities and associations, visiting nurse home care, social enterprises, museums, theaters, environmental organizations and many others.
- Real estate: Appraisal firms, apartment and condominium complexes, leasing offices, developers.
- Sales: Manufacturers, financial companies, insurance companies, software and technology.
- Sports: Sales, media, marketing, management.
Recent graduates have acquired positions in organizations such as:
- Arbella Insurance
- Bearcat Properties
- Calloway Labs
- CVS Caremark
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Fox Relocation Management
- Halloran, Lukoff & Smith
- IT Convergence
- Liberty Regional Agency Market
- MassMutual Financial Group
- Moriarty's Invisible Fence
- Naval Undersea Warfare Center
- Partners HealthCare
- Schneider Electric
- State Street Corporation
- UBS Financial Services
- Your Sports Memorabilia Store
Career opportunities exist in many areas, including banks, financial service firms, insurance agencies, real estate firms and corporations. Some graduates open their own firms and are self employed.
Many students continue their education in graduate school, while others obtain certification to help advance their careers, such as Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Financial Analyst. These certifications have requirements in addition to receiving a bachelor’s degree, which may include further education, professional experience and an examination. Students interested in sales of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, insurance and real estate will need to obtain the appropriate professional licenses for that specialty.
In the Workforce
Our graduates have pursued a wide variety of careers, including financial consultant, financial analyst, program manager, management consultant, project coordinator, valuation analyst, data analyst, billing administrator, investment analyst, financial specialist, senior financial advisor, bank officer, senior internal auditor, institutional funds administration manager, regional investment consulting director and financial planning and analysis director.