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Careers in Accounting

Accounting – the language of business – synthesizes business activities to provide critical information to decision-makers including investors, creditors, customers, and suppliers. Many Accounting majors go on to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), but whether you have an interest in public accounting, audit and assurance, taxation, information systems, or even investment banking, a background in accounting can help you establish yourself as an effective leader at any public, private, or governmental entity. Career paths available to Foster School of Business Accounting majors include:

  • Consultant with Fortune 500 or international organizations specializing in areas such as Mergers and Acquisitions, Taxation, Auditing, Risk Management
  • Certified Public Accountant serving clients with their financial and tax needs.
  • Forensic Auditor investigating fraud & financial mismanagement for governmental agencies like the CIA or FBI
  • Accounting for local public & private companies, such as Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, REI, Boeing, and Zillow,
  • Non-Profit Accounting for charities and not-for-profit organizations
  • Finance & Investment Banking (Consider taking our Accounting for Business Professionals Major along with a Finance Major)
  • Data Analytics (Consider double majoring in Accounting and Information Systems)

Accounting careers offer opportunities to manage teams within a year or two of graduating. For more information, please see our Undergraduate Curriculum or Graduate Programs pages and consider contacting the Foster School of Business Advising team or Foster Career Services to help plan your education and career pathways.


2020-2021 Undergraduate Class Placement Statistics:

  • 69% (88) of recently graduated accounting students have started their careers.
  • 30% (38) of recently graduated accounting students are continuing education to further their career goals.

Data taken from Foster Undergraduate Destination Survey.