What Can I Do With a Major in... Accounting

A bachelor’s or master’s degree (BS, BBA, or MAc) in accounting qualifies a student for a long career in accounting and its related fields. Such fields include public, managerial, governmental, and institutional accounting. Public accounting focuses on governmental and non-profit services. By contrast, private accounting positions range from major in house auditing to private personal tax preparation. Whether pursuing a career in the public or private sector, many accounting careers utilize computers. Specialized software packages allow accountants to summarize transactions and organize data in special formats for financial analysis. Accountants are also beginning to perform more technical duties, including control and auditing systems and networks, and developing technology plans and budgets.


General Career Information
Sample Job Titles
Entry Level
  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Managerial Accountant
  • Public Accountant
  • Tax Preparer
Education Plus Experience
  • Certified Managerial Accountant
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Chief Financial Officer CFO
  • Division Manager
  • Professor

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These job titles are not an exhaustive list, but rather, represent the types of positions most widely recruited for.

  • Account Credit Manager
  • Account Executive
  • Account Manager
  • Accountant/Investment Officer
  • Accounting Analyst
  • Accounting Clerk - Credit/Collections
  • Account Manager
  • Accounts Payable Coordinator
  • Accounts Receivable Analyst
  • Application Support/Specialist
  • Assurance Associate
  • Auditor
  • Bank Examiner
  • Broker
  • Buyer
  • Campus Marketing Manager
  • Certified Managerial Accountant
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Chief Finanical Officer
  • Client Manager
  • Collections Specialist
  • Commercial Business Specialist
  • Compliance and Development
  • Consultant
  • Contract Underwriter
  • Controller
  • Corporate Auditor
  • Cost Accountant
  • Cost Manager
  • Credit Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Division Manager
  • Examiner
  • Financial Associate/Planner
  • General Manager
  • Internal Auditor
  • Inventory Accountant
  • Loan Officer
  • Managerial Accountant
  • Operations Coordinator/Manager
  • Payroll Associate
  • Pricing Analyst
  • Professor
  • Project Coordinator/Manager
  • Public Accountant
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Risk Analyst
  • Securities Analyst
  • Solutions Delivery Consultant
  • Tax Preparer/Professional
  • Territory Manager
  • Valuation Analyst
Employment Areas
  • Academia
  • Governmental and Institutional Accounting
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Private Accounting
  • Public Accounting
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Professional Organizations
Organizations That Have Hired UI Students and Alumni
  • Accenture
  • AEGON Group
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • McGladrey & Pullen
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Principal Financial Group

This is only a partial list - to view a complete list of organizations that recruit UI students and alumni, please visit: www.careers.uiowa.edu/students/uirecruit.html


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