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What Can I Do with a Major in Accountancy?

Accountants do more for their clients than check records and prepare tax returns. The contemporary accountant is the genius behind all intelligent business decisions and frequently an executive’s most trusted advisor. For those who are intrigued by business management and strategy, there is no more challenging profession. Accountants provide the information necessary to determine and evaluate the present and projected economic activities of organizations. The following serves as a guide, but the career information and possibilities are not limited to the below list.

Related Major Skills

  • Ability to Interpret Data
  • Ability to Work Accurately and Precisely
  • Adaptability
  • Banking and Budgeting Skills
  • Capability to Perform Under Pressure
  • Computer Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Data Analysis Skills
  • Data Collection Skills
  • Data Processing Skills
  • Detail Oriented and Precise
  • Economic Knowledge
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Flexibility
  • Logical Thinking
  • Organizational Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Project Management Skills
  • Solo and Team Work Skills

Related Entry Level Career Titles

  • Account Manager
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Actuary
  • Assistant Controller
  • Auditor
  • Benefits Administrator
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budgetary Control Analyst
  • Collection Agent
  • Commercial Surety Underwriter
  • Commodities Trader
  • Credit/Collection Analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Executive Sales Trainee
  • Financial Analyst
  • Hospitality and Entertainment Consultant
  • Industrial Buyer
  • Insurance Agent
  • Investment Management Trainee
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Loan Officer
  • Medical Biller
  • Medical Collector
  • Payroll Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative

Related Career Titles Requiring Additional Education/Experience

  • Bank Examiner
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Chief Cost Accountant
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • CIA Agent
  • Claims Adjustor
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Cost Accountant
  • Credit and Collection Manager
  • Estate Planner
  • Executive Administrator
  • FBI Agent
  • Government Claims Supervisor
  • Internal Auditor
  • IRS Investigator
  • Loan Administrator
  • Management Consultant
  • Manager
  • Managerial Accountant
  • Mortgage Underwriter
  • Stock Broker
  • Systems Analyst
  • Tax Advisor
  • Tax Lawyer
  • Treasurer
  • Treasury Management Specialist

Employers of Accountancy Majors

  • Accountancy Firms
  • Insurance Agencies
  • Banks and Credit Unions
  • Large Corporations
  • Brokerages
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Colleges of Business
  • Not-For-Profit Organizations
  • Financial Services Firms
  • Software Companies
  • Government Agencies
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service
  • Individuals

Job Posting Sites

Accounting Jobs http://www.ihireaccounting.com/
Accounting Resource http://www.accounting.com/
DC Accounting: Finance, Treasury, Banking http://www.dcaccountingjobs.com/
Finance and Accounting Jobs http://www.jobsinthemoney.com/
Finance Jobs http://www.efinancialcareers.com/
Finance Jobs.com http://finance.jobs.com/
Finance Job Postings http://www.accountingcrossing.com/lcpostnowjob.php
Financial Job Network http://www.financialjobnet.com/
NBFSN National Recruiting Network http://www.nbn-jobs.com/home/index.cfm
Quantster http://www.quantster.com/
Quant Jobs http://www.quantfinancejobs.com/
UIS Career Development Center http://www.uis.edu/careerservices
University of Illinois Alumni Career Center http://www.uiaa.org/careers/

Career Planning Links

Bureau of Labor Statistics Accounting Profile http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos001.htm
Careers in Accounting: Job Options http://www.careers-in-accounting.com/acoptions.htm
Career Opportunities for Accounting Majorshttp://www.uwrf.edu/ccs/assets/documents/with-major-in/accounting.pdf
CNN Money Article http://money.cnn.com/2000/09/22/career/q_degreeaccounting/
CPA Net http://www.cpanet.com/
E Financial Careers http://www.efinancialcareers.com/
Finance and Accounting Jobs http://www.jobsinthemoney.com/
Quint Careers http://www.quintcareers.com/
UIS Accountancy Department http://www.uis.edu/accountancy/
UIS Career Development Center http://www.uis.edu/careerservices
US Securities and Exchange Commission http://www.sec.gov/
Young CPA Network http://www.aicpa.org/YoungCPANetwork/Planning_Developing.htm

Professional Affiliations

Affordable Housing Association of Certified Public Accountants http://www.ahacpa.org/
American Accounting Association http://www.aaahq.org/
American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants http://www.attorney-cpa.com
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants http://www.aicpa.org/
Association of Government Accountants http://www.agacgfm.org/
Independent Accountants Association of Illinois http://www.illinoisaccountants.com/
The Institute of Internal Auditors http://www.theiia.org/
Institute of Management Accountants http://www.imanet.org/
National Association of Forensic Accountants http://www.nafanet.com/
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy http://www.nasba.org/
National Society of Accountants http://www.nsacct.org/index.asp
Professional Association of Small Business Accountants http://www.pasba.org/
University of Illinois Alumni Association http://www.uiaa.org/spfld/


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