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Accounting

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Overview of major
Potential job titles  
Examples of internships 
Possible career fields 
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Accounting majors 
Where they got hired: Accounting, Class of 2012 

Overview of major

Accounting provides challenges and unlimited opportunities if you desire a successful and rewarding position in business, government, industry or public accounting. Graduates typically either seek employment upon completion of their degree or choose to continue their education with graduate studies. The majority of accounting majors obtain their CPA certification within 5 years of graduation.

Resources

Potential job titles

  • Staff Auditor
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Staff Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Assurance Associate
  • Fund Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Fraud Examiner
  • Cost Accountant
  • Financial Advisor
  • FBI Special Agent
  • IRS Investigator
  • Securities Broker
  • Business Consultant
  • Financial Planner
  • Tax Advisor
  • Accounting Associate

Examples of internships

  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • KPMG LLP
  • Legg Mason
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC
  • Defense Contract Audit Agency
  • RSM McGladrey, Inc
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Security Agency
  • Constellation Energy
  • Under Armour
  • Reznick Group
  • Clifton Gunderson LLP
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • SC&H Group LLC
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Possible career fields

Public accounting

  • Auditing/Assurance
  • Tax
  • Forensic/Investigative
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Personal financial planning

Government

  • Auditing
  • Financial reporting
  • Financial management
  • Research
  • Budget analysis

Education

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Consulting

Non-Profit

Possible work settings

  • Public acounting firms
  • Sole practitioners
  • Federal agencies
  • Universities & colleges
  • Non-profit
  • Social service organizations
  • Government
  • Hospitals
  • Religious organizations
  • Labor unions
  • Managment consulting
  • Political parties
  • Public school system
  • Credit unions
  • Insurance

Important skills and abilities

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical
  • Active listening
  • Work well under pressure
  • Customer service
  • Deadline oriented
  • Assertiveness
  • Problem solving
  • Team player
  • Computer
  • Critical thinking

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Great Jobs for Accounting Majors (BUS Category)
  • Begin your Career in Public Accounting (BUS Category)
  • Great Jobs for Business Majors (BUS Category)
  • Quick Guide to College Majors and Careers (CP Section)
  • Best 296 Business Schools (Grad Section)
  • The Business School Buzz Back (Grad Section)
  • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School (Grad Section)
  • Graduate Programs: Business, Education, Health, Information Studies, Law & Social Work (Grad Section)

Sample graduate programs pursued by Accounting majors

  • MBA, Accounting
  • MBA, Management Information Systems
  • MS, Taxation
  • MBA, Healthcare Management
  • JD
  • MBA, Forensic Accounting
  • MBA, International Business

Where they got hired: Accounting, Class of 2012

The Career Center at Loyola University Maryland conducts an annual follow-up survey with new Loyola graduates between six and nine months after Commencement to paint a comprehensive picture of the professional paths each class has chosen. Nearly 80 percent of the Class of 2012 responded to the survey.

Here's a snapshot of where our 2012 accounting majors were hired or went on to graduate school:

Companies

Argyle Executive Forum – data analyst advisor
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP – staff accountant
BDO USA LLP – assurance associate
CliftonLarsonAllen – audit associate
CohnReznick Group – audit associate (3), staff accountant
Deloitte – audit associate (2)
Ernst & Young LLP – assurance staff (5), audit associate, auditor, staff accountant
Ewing Bemiss & Co. – analyst
Funeral Finance LLC – risk analyst
KPMG LLP – advisory associate, audit associate (3)
McGladrey LLP – assurance associate (4), audit associate (3)
Myers & Stauffer, LC – staff accountant
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network – financial representative
ParenteBeard LLC – staff accountant
Pepflow.com – associate
PwC – associate, assurance associate, audit associate (2), risk assurance associate (2), tax associate
SC&H Group – staff consultant
Shaefer Enterprises – accountant
St. Gabriel’s College – math teacher
Village Rockville Centre – staff supervisor

Graduate/Professional Schools

Loyola University Maryland – Accounting Certificate
University of Miami – MBA/Finance & Mergers & Acquisitions

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