Accounting Career Opportunities

The accounting major provides an educational foundation for a career in accounting. Some of the careers available, as well as the average starting salary, include:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA): $ 56,799

CPAs perform a broad range of accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting activities for their clients, which may be corporations, governments, nonprofit organizations, or individuals. For example, some public accountants concentrate on tax matters, such as advising companies about the tax advantages and disadvantages of certain business decisions and preparing individual income tax returns. Others offer advice in areas such as compensation or employee health care benefits, the design of accounting and data-processing systems, and the selection of controls to safeguard assets.  (Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

Auditor:  $ 52,531

Examines and analyzes accounting records to determine financial status of establishment and prepares financial reports concerning operating procedures. Reviews data regarding material assets, net worth, liabilities, capital stock, surplus, income, and expenditures. Inspects items in books of original entry to determine if accepted accounting procedure was followed in recording transactions. Prepares reports for management concerning scope of audit, financial conditions found, and source and application of funds. May make recommendations regarding improving operations and financial position of company.  (

Budget Analyst:  $ 46,708

Under general supervision will review study protocols and create as well as negotiate the budget with companies providing financial analyses to determine profitability based on forecasted revenue and expenses. Participates in the development, preparation, and presentation of both short and long-range financial and operational plans for department initiatives. Supports and adheres to the Compliance Program, to include the Code of Ethics and Business Standards. (

The School of Business faculty works closely with  Career Services to help you find a job. Many business firms and government agencies annually send recruiters to campus to interview our graduates.

Faculty members also work with you to locate job information and prepare for job searches and interviews.