Careers in Accounting

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Careers in accounting abound with opportunity!

But is this career path for you? And if it is, on which area of accounting will you focus? An accounting degree can take you in many directions, and you want to make sure that you are preparing for the direction that fits you best. While the job market is strong, the best opportunities will always go to those students who, in addition to strong academic preparation, have gotten involved in campus organizations, completed internships and connected with professional associations. The building blocks of an accounting career will always be:

  • A knack for analyzing and understanding numbers
  • Strong problem-solving and math skills
  • Research and analytical thinking, and
  • Attention to detail.

Accountants today must be comfortable with technology, corporate decision-making and communicating across diverse business functions and diverse cultures. No longer “just the bean counters” of the business world, accountants have increasing levels of responsibility within all aspects of the business, governmental and nonprofit worlds.

Online Resources

Certifications and Credentials

Table of Certifications and Credentials
Certification Certification Granted By Additional Information
Certified Public Accountant
Uniform CPA Exam Licensing by State (see State CPA Requirements)
Certified Management Accountant
IMA (Institute of Management Accountants)
Certified Internal Auditor
The Institute of Internal Auditors
Personal Financial Specialist
Personal Financial Planning (PFP) Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Certified Financial Planner
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.
Certified Fraud Examiner
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
National Association of Forensic Accountants
National Association of Forensic Accountants
Enrolled Agent
Internal Revenue Service
Certified Government Financial Manager
Advancing Government Accountability
Certified Bookkeeper
American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers
Certified Public Bookkeeper
National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers
Certified Payroll Professional
American Payroll Association
Fundamental Payroll Certification
American Payroll Association
QuickBooks ProAdvisor Intuit Inc.

Accounting Program Resources at the Jindal School

Academic Programs – Primary

The accounting area offers one bachelor’s, one master’s and one PhD program.

Academic Programs – Additional

The accounting area also offers certificates, capstone projects and accelerated pathways to adding more degrees.

CPA, Career and Tutoring

Learn more about the CPA exam and how the Jindal School prepares you for it, find out the certifications and accounting career resources available to you and see when and where you can get tutoring assistance with your accounting courses.

Faculty and Community Activity

Discover how accounting faculty are researching, publishing, speaking and engaging in the business community.