School of Accountancy - Job Titles and Career Paths

Job Titles and Career Paths

  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Assistant Controller
  • Auditor
  • Bank Examiner
  • Benefits/Compensation Administrator
  • Budget Analyst
  • Business Teacher
  • Commercial Banker
  • Commodities Trader
  • Consumer Credit Officer
  • CIA Agent
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Collector/Collection Agent
  • Estate Planner
  • FBI Agent
  • Financial Aid Director
  • Financial Analyst
  • Fund Raiser
  • Industrial Buyer
  • Internal Auditor
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • IRS Investigator
  • Loan/Loan Administrator
  • Management Analyst
  • Payroll Manager
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Revenue Agent
  • Securities Broker
  • Stock Broker
  • Tax Examiner
  • Tax Manager/Tax Specialist
  • Underwriter

Career Path: Certified Public Accountant

  • To obtain the CPA certification a student must meet additional credit hour requirements and pass the four-part Uniform CPA exam prepared by the AICPA.
  • It includes accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting for clients (small/medium-sized businesses, corporations, governments, non-profits, individuals) .
  • CPAs often specialize in areas such as Tax, Compensation/Employee Benefits and Asset Protection.
  • Some CPAs audit the financial statements of their clients and produce reports to investors and authorities to certify that the statements have been correctly prepared.
  • CPAs generally have their own practice or work for accounting firms.
  • Forensic accountants investigate white collar crimes such as fraud and embezzlement and may work closely with law enforcement and attorneys.

Career Path: Management, Industrial, Corporate & Private Accountants

  • They generally work "in-house" recording and analyzing financial information.
  • Management accountants are usually part of a senior management team and work to interpret data that executives need to make business decisions.
  • They prepare financial reports for non-management groups including stockholders, creditors, regulatory agencies and tax authorities. Other responsibilities include budgeting, performance evaluation, cost management and asset management.
  • As part of a an accounting department, they may work in planning budgets, cost accounting and analysis.

Career Path: Government Accountants and Auditors

  • They work in the public sector, maintaining and analyzing records of government agencies.
  • They audit private businesses and individuals who are subject to government regulations or taxation.
  • They guarantee that revenues are received and expenditures are made in accordance with laws and regulations.
  • Federal government accountants may work as Internal Revenue Service agents, or in financial management, financial institution examination, or budget analysis and administration

Career Path: Internal Auditors & "Business Risk Services"

  • They verify the accuracy of internal records and check for mismanagement, fraud or waste.
  • They analyze financial systems, management procedures and internal controls.
  • They review company operations, evaluating efficiency, effectiveness and compliance with corporate policies and procedures, laws and government regulations.
  • Some internal auditors may recommend controls for organizations’ computer systems to ensure the reliability of a system and the integrity of data.

Top Accounting Firms

  • Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  • Clifton Gunderson LLP
  • Tull Forsberg & Olson PLC
  • Price Kong & Co. CPAs PA
  • Eide Bailly LLP
  • Moss Adams LLP
  • Semple, Marchal & Cooper LLP
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Price Kong & Co. CPAs PA
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • KPMG LLP
  • CBIZ Miller Wagner Mayer Hoffman McCann PC
  • RSM McGladrey
  • Sarvas King & Coleman PC
  • GenSpring Family Offices
  • Mukai Greenlee & Co. PC
  • Gaintner Bandler Reed & Peters PLC
  • Lohman Co. PLLC
  • BDO Seidman LLP
  • Larson Allen Weishair & Co LLP
  • Schmidt Westergard & Co. PLLC
  • Henry & Horne PLC

Source: The Business Journal Book of Lists (2009)