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Accounting Career Outlook


A program that prepares individuals to practice the profession of accounting and to perform related business functions. Includes instruction in accounting principles and theory, financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, budget control, tax accounting, legal aspects of accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, statement analysis, planning and consulting, business information systems, accounting research methods, professional standards and ethics, and applications to specific for-profit, public, and non-profit organizations.

To find out more about your major including potential areas and employers, required skills, job outlook, and median pay, please access the Occupational Outlook Handbook or the O*Net, website.

Career Outlook

Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with an accounting major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.


As an Accounting major, students may develop or advance skills including critical thinking, mathematics and complex problem solving, adaptability, time management, interpersonal communication, integrity, self-motivation, collaboration.


Graduates with a degree in Accounting can work as internal/external Auditors, Accountants, Budget Analysts, Tax Accountants, Financial Advisors, Forensic/Investigative Accountants and Corporate Accountants.


Graduates with a degree in Accounting can work within the following areas: assurance services, tax planning, budget planning, auditing, financial reporting, financial management, consulting


Graduates with a degree in Accounting can work for: public accounting Firms, Corporations, Banks, Government -- Federal, State, Local, Manufacturers, Retail, Technology Companies, Financial Services/Insurance, Nonprofits, Healthcare



In addition to other employment opportunity websites, the Center for SUCCESS uses Handshake to share internships and jobs with students. Please explore the positions provided in the automated feed below or click "View All" to explore positions in Handshake using your major as a filter.

Although we attempt to screen all employers and positions, the Center for SUCCESS and Saint Xavier University assume no liability for the accuracy of information shared in this feed or through Handshake. The views and opinions shared by employers through Handshake do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Center for SUCCESS and Saint Xavier University.

Please Note: This feed may include positions not directly related to your major, as employers have the option to assign all majors to posted roles. If you have any questions about a particular employer or position, please contact centerforsuccessFREESXU.

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