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Careers in Accounting
A Growing Global Economy Needs Strong Financial Experts
With a degree in accounting you can not only become a CPA, tax or audit professional. Accounting is the background from which a large percentage of the highest-level corporate positions are drawn. With a global economy that increasingly blurs international borders and necessitates blending accounting practices, careers in accounting have broadened in both scope and focus.
The Outlook is Strong for Careers in Accounting
Careers in accounting include, of course, working as an accountant. Accountants are in high demand and graduates can choose from many careers in accounting from entertainment to high-tech.
The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a resource that provides detailed information about hundreds of occupations including accountants, auditors and similar occupations.
According to the bureau, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 16 percent through 2020 because of an increased focus on accounting in response to corporate scandals and recent financial crises. As business continues to be more global and technology moves more financial aspects of both personal and corporate business into the digital age, accounting expertise and services will be in even greater demand.
Careers in Accounting
- Budget Analyst
- Cost Estimator
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Manager
- Insurance Underwriter
- Loan Officer
- Management Analyst
- Personal Financial Adviser
- Post-secondary Teachers (with a doctoral or other professional degree)
- Securities, Commodities and Financial Services Sales Agent
- Tax Examiners and Collector; Revenue Agent
Check the handbook on these and similar careers.
Entry Level Salary Expectations
PayScale.com is an online salary information company providing real-time information on job market compensation. Careers in accounting are reported by PayScale.com to start a $44,300 with earning potential to $74,500.
Associated finance careers also provide good income potential:
Statistics: $49,300 - $99,500
Economics: $48,500 – 94,900
Actuarial Mathematics: $56,100 - $112,000
Financial Managers: $47,700 - $85,400
Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on these and other careers in accounting.
There are often more available careers in accounting than there are Florida Tech grads. Potential employers include, among many others:
- Brevard County Government
- Clear Channel Outdoor
- State Farm
- Merrill Lynch
- Airewire.net, Inc.
- The Bionetics Corp.
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Space Coast Credit Union
- State and federal regulatory agencies
Graduate & Doctoral Programs
Nathan M. Bisk College of Business students are eligible to enter Florida Tech's FastTrack MBA and Master of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MSIE). Students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA and complete 95 credits in order to be accepted into the programs. Many accounting degree students also go onto master's programs at Florida Tech and other prestigious universities such as Wharton School of Business or the University of Florida to prepare them for careers in accounting.