What Can You Do With An Accounting Degree?

What is accounting?
The American Accounting Association defines accounting as “the process of identifying, measuring and communicating economic information to permit informed judgments and decisions by users of the information.”

Learning outcomes:
Prepare financial statements, analyze financial data, recognize fraud, apply cost accounting methods to evaluate and project business performance, and recognize and understand ethical issues related to the accounting profession

Recommended for students who are interested in:
Math, numbers and financial data in the essential role of a successful business and in careers in business, the not-for-profit sector and government

Develop desirable skills:
Develop strong written, oral, analytical, quantitative and critical thinking skills, and appropriate judgment and decision making

To gain more insight:
  • Consider joining a student organization such as:
    • American Marketing Association
    • Aurora University Finance Association
    • Aurora University Professional Sales Association
    • Global Leadership Organization
    • Student Accounting Society
    • Aurora University Students’ Association
  • Consider an internship—talk with your professors and Career Services to learn more
  • Visit the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook page for information at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132011.htm. Resources include salary information, hiring outlook, information on careers and resources.

Job and internship search websites:

Career planning websites:

Professional association organizations (organizations to which professionals in the industry belong):
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Association of Government Accountants
  • The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Institute of Internal Auditors

Area organizations that currently employ accountants:
  • Association for Individual Development
  • Aurora University and other colleges and universities
  • Caterpillar
  • Counties and municipal governments
  • Mueller and Associates
  • Nicor
  • Private CPA firms
  • School Districts
  • Sikich, LLP

Prepare for potential careers as a(n):

Accountant (multiple types) Financial Analyst (multiple types)
Actuary Financial Planner
Administrative Services Mgr Fund Raiser
Administrator Insurance Agent/Broker
Auditor (multiple types) International Trade Specialist
Bank Examiner Inventory Control Specialist
Banker (multiple types) IRM Consultant
Benefits/Compensation IRS Investigator
Bookkeeper Lawyer - Audit Manager
Budget Analyst (multiple types) Loan Administrator
Buyer (multiple types) Management Consultant
Certified Public Accountant Methods/Procedures Specialist
Chief Financial Officer Payroll Manager
Claims Adjuster Production Manager
Computer Programmer Professor/Business Teacher
Consumer Credit Officer Sales Manager
Contract Administrator Securities/Stock Broker
Controller/Assistant Controller Systems Analyst
Credit and Collection Tax Lawyer
Employment Agency Counselor Tax Specialist (multiple types)
Entrepreneur Trader (multiple types)
Estate Planner Treasury Management
FBI or CIA Agent Underwriter
Financial Aid Director