Careers in Accounting

student studyingAccounting is an essential function in any business or organization because as the language of business, it is the means of communication to impart financial information to important stakeholders. As a result, there are many different career paths that students may pursue after graduating from our program.

Public accounting careers prepare graduates to become Certified Public Accountants or CPAs. The size of CPA firms varies from large, international CPA firms to regional firms to small local accounting practices. The areas of specialty within the firm generally include audit, tax, management consulting, business valuation and forensic accounting.  The public accounting profession exposes professionals to a variety of different businesses of various size across many industries including not-for-profit and governmental entities.  

Private accounting is another career path available to graduates. Here accountants are employed directly by a corporation in challenging areas which may include: internal auditing, financial accounting and reporting, management accounting, financial analysis and treasury/cash management.

Other accounting careers include governmental accounting at either the federal, state or local level. Non-profit organizations and educational institutions offer additional career paths for accounting graduates.

Relevant Websites:


State of CT Board of Accountancy - ct.gov/sots

American Institute of CPAs - aicpa.org

Connecticut Society of CPAs - ctcpas.org

Financial Accounting Standards Board – fasb.org

International Accounting Standards Board - ifrs.org

Internal Revenue Service – irs.gov

The Institute of Internal Auditors --theiia.org

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners -- acfe.com