Accounting Career Paths

From entertainment and sports to education and government, accounting-related careers are found in a variety of industries. According the U.S. Department of Labor, accounting jobs in these industries are in demand. In fact, by the year 2020, accounting jobs are expected to increase by as much as 16% from 2010.*

With a strong job outlook and a growing need for qualified employees possessing a knowledge base in economics, accounting in finance and taxation, cost accounting and business accounting, a career in an accounting-based field could be right for you. Potential fields in accounting include:

Public Accounting:  Completing a broad range of accounting tasks for clients, which may include companies or individuals. Tasks may include examining financial records for accuracy, preparing tax documentation, maintaining financial records, and making recommendations to reduce cost, increase revenue, and improve profits.

Management Accounting: Completing many of the same day-to-day tasks that fall under public accounting, but working within a company to record, examine and analyze the financial information for that specific organization.

Government Accounting: Ensuring that the financial activities conducted by government agencies or private businesses regulated by federal, state, or local government are in line with regulations and taxation.

Internal Auditing: Conducting official examinations of organizations' financial practices to help eliminate waste, reduce fraud, and identify any possible mismanagement of funds.

According the U.S. Department of Labor, a Bachelor's degree is the typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation. Explore AIU's Accounting Degree Programs to see if accounting is the right area of study for you.