Even with the recent economic conditions, most accounting firms are still hiring and there is a high demand for accountants in general. A job as an accountant can be very enjoyable with high job satisfaction and high salaries. Depending upon your career goals, choose the
traditional accounting major or add a concentration in public accounting. The public accounting concentration academically prepares students to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, although a total of 150 hours of post-secondary coursework is also required for eligibility. Students will work with an academic advisor to make sure their plan of study matches their career objectives.
Accounting is a popular major because it is the backbone of all businesses and students readily understand the need for the study of accounting. After successful completion of the program, students will:
- Possess the abilities required by entry-level accountants
- Be able to clearly communicate accounting problems and solutions
- Be exposed to computer applications as they relate to the accounting functions.
An accounting degree prepares you for a variety of high-demand careers in both
the public and private sectors of the economy in accounting-related fields including governmental, financial, auditing, cost, tax, and systems. The
study of accounting can also lead to professional designations such as
Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA),Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).