What can I do with a major in accounting?

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Ernst & Young
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Oneida Nation Enterprises
Northwestern Mutual

Regional Staff Accountant
Financial Analyst
Tax Accountant

Search for employers hiring graduates in your major

Employers in NY: 8,597
Employers in US: 126,922


Explore the numerous career fields related to your major

Public Accounting

Auditing/Assurance Services
Environmental Accounting
Forensic/Investigative Accounting
Information Technology Services
International Accounting
Personal Financial Planning


Public accounting firms:

  • Large, multinational
  • Regional
  • Local

Sole practitioners

Sample occupations

Public accounting firms hire candidates who meet the educational requirements for sitting for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam: 150 hours of education including 24 hours of accounting, i.e. the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in accounting.

State laws govern the practice of accountancy and specify the requirements to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam. In most states, the State Board of Accountancy has a website that outlines those requirements.

Corporate Accounting

Financial Management
Financial Reporting
Internal Auditing
Cost Accounting
Tax Planning
Budget Analysis


Companies of all sizes, in all industries

Sample occupations

Many managers in corporate settings obtain an MBA degree after several years of work experience.


Financial Reporting
Financial Management
Budget Analysis


Federal agencies and departments including:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Department of the Treasury
  • General Accounting Office
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Securities Exchange Commission
  • State and local agencies
Sample occupations

Complete an internship in a government agency.
Become familiar with the government application process.
Accounting is a "hot area" in government hiring and many opportunities exist in the public sector.




Universities and colleges

Sample occupations

A Ph.D. in Accounting or a DBA, Doctorate in Business Administration, in accounting is generally required.
Maintain a high g.p.a. and secure strong faculty recommendations for admittance into graduate school.


Internal Audit
Financial Planning
Money Handling
Record Keeping


Social service agencies and organizations
Public school systems
Universities and colleges
Religious organizations
Libraries and museums
Political parties
Labor unions

Sample occupations

Volunteer at non-profit organizations and build a network of contacts in the non-profit sector.

General information and strategies

  • Earn good grades. Grades are an indicator of technical competence in accounting and of a person’s work ethic.
  • Potential employers place a big emphasis on strong interpersonal skills. Demonstrate these skills by having a well-rounded background.
  • Actively participate in student organizations to develop leadership skills.
  • Develop excellent computer skills.
  • Learn to work well within a team.
  • Develop strong communication skills.
  • Gain work experience and learn information about careers through internships. Consider completing internships in the spring semester, not just summer term.  
  • Join Beta Alpha Psi, the honorary fraternity for accounting and finance information professionals, to gain knowledge about the accounting profession.
  • Certifications available through the Institute of Internal Auditors or the Institute of Management Accountants may increase job marketability in some areas of accounting.
  • Accounting students should develop their analytical, critical-thinking and problem solving skills. Develop high ethical standards.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail are important traits for accountants.
  • Accounting is a versatile degree. Students who graduate with a major in accounting may find jobs in many areas of business including: banking, financial planning, sales, production management, client management, product development, procurement, and general management.