Accountants analyze and audit financial reports, prepare tax
returns, and monitor information systems, etc.
Before you begin to look at the different types of opportunities
available to Accounting majors, you must look at yourself and ask
yourself a few basic questions:
What am I good at?
Understand your major strengths, skills and accomplishments
as they relate to this field.
Employers look for evidence of skills in:
- Information and communication systems
- Interpretation of facts
- Decision making
- Interpersonal skills
What do I like to do?
Examine your interests. What kind of life style do you want
to lead? Examine your values...is money what you're after,
potential for advancement, challenging work?
If you are having trouble answering these questions, you are not
alone. Make an appointment an advisor in the Career Center. We want to help
Once you know yourself, you are ready to decide where and how you
want to apply this knowledge.
A bachelor's degree in Accounting and the
appropriate skills and/or experience can lead to the following
Auditing financial statements
Financial analysis &
Planning and budgeting,
Experience in the field, becoming a CPA
or completing an advanced degree could lead to certain positions
- Partner in an Accounting
- Tax attorney
FBI special agents
Securities sales, etc.
For information on graduate schools,
Public Accounting Firms
To help you decide which area to
pursue you must do in-depth research
into each area of specialization and/or industry you have an
Career and Job Resources on the Internet
Places to begin
Join the Career Center's COACH Program
The Occupational Outlook
Talk to people in the field, talk
to professors, write to and/or join one of the following
National Association of
State Boards of Accountancy
150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700
Nashville, TN 37219 - 2417
(800) 272 - 3926
American Institute of Certified Public
1211 Ave. of Americas New York, NY
10036 - 8775
(212) 596 - 6200
American Accounting Association
5717 Bessie Drive Sarasota, FL 34233
(941) 921 - 7747 http://accounting.rutgers.edu/raw/aaa
NYS Association of CPA Candidates
530 Fifth Ave., NY, NY
For additional lists of Associations
consult the Encyclopedia of Associations.
Journal of Accountancy