What is a career in accounting?

Today’s accounting is about more than crunching numbers. It’s using those numbers to make decisions, craft strategies and shape the future of a business. As the “language of business,” accounting studies the methods of recording, reporting and examining the financial information and economic outlook of a business for a variety of audiences.

Career Fields in Accounting

Careers in accounting typically involve:


Preparing accounts and tax returns for individuals or corporations.


Auditing internal or external financial information to ensure transactions have been reported properly.

Analysis & Planning

Analyzing financial data to make recommendations for more efficient processes.

Local Companies Hiring Accounting Majors

  • Amazon
  • PwC
  • EY
  • Cortland
  • Cummins
  • DOZ
  • BKD
  • Simon

Salary Statistics

Review Career and Salary Statistics to learn more about the earning potential of accounting careers.

Potential Accounting Jobs

Entry-Level Positions

  • Staff accountant
  • Internal auditor

Mid-Level Positions

  • Accountant manager
  • Audit associate

Senior-Level Positions

  • Controller
  • Senior accountant

Preparing for a Career in Accounting


Consider minors that can help build your skillset.

  • Finance: Better understand the planning and risk of financial decisions.
  • Economics: Better understand global influences on financial markets.

Get Involved

Get involved on campus through student organizations.

Build Experience

Accounting job and internship recruitment is focused on the Fall semester.

Key Tips to Consider about Accounting Careers

  1. Becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) requires the completion of 150 credit hours of coursework and a passing score on the CPA exam.
  2. Accountants have a “busy season” lasting from January to April that often requires additional employee work beyond the standard 40-hour week.

Explore careers in business.

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