Accounting, B.S.

Accounting, B.S.

What is an accounting degree?

Masters in Accounting and Financial ForensicsAn accounting degree leads to opportunities as a CPA, tax or audit professional in a corporate accounting setting or a variety of executive leadership positions in business and industry. At Florida Tech, students prepare for accounting careers as well as graduate programs in accountancy, business and law or study for the CPA exam.

Whether you want to be a tax accountant, corporate auditor or certified public accountant (CPA), you can find many career options with an accounting degree from Florida Tech. Here, you'll develop a strong background in business and get experience in modern accounting strategies and best practices.

Gain Practical Experience

Accounting gives the aspiring entrepreneur the diverse financial skills necessary to successfully launch, manage and grow a business. Resume-building experiences, business networking opportunities and insight into industries of interest are all part of a dynamic and focused accounting degree program. As a senior, you'll complete the practicum in business, a professional internship course in which you apply your business skills and savvy within a dynamic local company. As a result, you get practical experience, an expanded professional network and perhaps even a pre-graduation job offer.

Build Professional Relationships

Beyond the classroom, accounting majors build leadership experience through exciting internships and participation in academic organizations like Delta Mu Delta (national business society), the Society for Advancement of Management, student government and over 100 other student organizations.

Get Recruited Upon Graduation

Employers that have recruited Florida Tech students with an accounting degree for internships and careers include global CPA firms like E&Y, Deloitte, RSM, PwC, as well as local and regional recognized firms like Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam CPAs as well as Flavin Nooney & Person CPAs, among others. As far as private industries, Harris Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Merrill Lynch and DRS are some major companies hiring our accounting graduates.

After receiving their accounting degree, students are prepared to successfully enter the job market, take the CPA examination or other certification examinations, or continue into graduate studies programs, often at Florida Tech, to pursue their M.B.A. or complete the requirements of CPA licensure.

Why pursue an accounting degree at Florida Tech?

Florida Tech's dynamic business administration, accounting program features dedicated faculty and competitive internships, making it one of the top universities for accounting. Whether you want a career as a tax accountant, corporate auditor or certified public accountant (CPA), Florida Tech prepares you for a degree in business administration.

A Wealth of Applied Knowledge and Scholarly Inquiry

Top universities in accounting give students ample opportunity for hands-on learning. Ours includes:

  • Internships at a variety of large and small CPA firms, high-tech companies, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and service or industrial companies
  • Peer collaboration with the Student Business Incubator in the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, promoting new venture creation, through formal student projects, numerous business-focused competitions or within accounting cohort informal study groups
  • Research opportunities supporting faculty investigations or campus-based projects including the Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development and the Center for Ethics and Leadership

Additional Experiences & Projects

Florida Tech's bachelor of administration in accounting program includes many additional experiences and projects that only top universities in accounting offer.

  • Emphasis on Ethics and Leadership - The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business is dedicated to educating leaders to set high standards and promote corporate accountability. Undergraduate students tackle ethical challenges from both practical and professional perspectives in an annual competition, and can participate in a conference that encourages students to learn from business, community and government leaders.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility  - Students learn about corporate social responsibility through hands-on class projects and individual service with the possibility of making an impact.
  • Intercollegiate Ethics Competition -  Undergraduate students tackle ethical challenges from both practical and professional perspectives.

Access to an Interdisciplinary Degree

Top universities in accounting have many options for students and Florida Tech is no different. Students can pursue an interdisciplinary M.S. degree to gain real-world experience in innovation and commercialization of new products and technologies. Working in teams, students experience pitching a business proposal to investors and funding sources. FastTrack program and graduate scholarships are available.

Small Classes with One-on-One Faculty Interaction

As one of the top universities for accounting, Florida Tech students enjoy a unique, personalized experience with small classes and one-on-one interaction with their faculty mentors. In addition, students have easy access to Florida Tech's high-tech facilities and resources to support their studies.

The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech boasts one of the best faculties in the country, a big reason why many consider us one of the top universities for accounting. Through their teaching, research, professional and community activities, Florida Tech professors integrate business courses with comprehensive accounting courses and hands-on experience into a solid business framework necessary in the real world.

Close to Leading Companies for Internship Opportunities

Florida Tech's close proximity to leading local companies and organizations ensure that internships are plentiful and easy to obtain, giving us a leg up on other top universities in accounting. All accounting degree majors complete the Practicum in Business internship course where they conduct live case analyses, gain insight into industries and areas of interest and build a network of industry contacts and potential employers.

Organizations & Clubs

Through university organizations and clubs, accounting students interact with their peers in the same field as well other fields. Just some of these clubs include:

  • Delta Mu Delta

  • National Business Honor Society

  • Society for the Advancement of Management

  • International Business Club

How will an accounting degree prepare me for the future?

Accounting internships are an important part of the student experience at Florida Tech. Each student has an opportunity to work side by side with field experts at a variety of local and national companies, including:

  • Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam CPAs & Associates, LLP
  • Flavin Nooney & Person, CPAs and Advisors
  • RSM (McGladrey)
  • DRS
  • Northrop-Grumman
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Brevard County Government
  • Harris Corporation
  • The Paxen Group, Inc.
  • State Farm
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Airewire.net, Inc

These accounting internships are a hands-on way to obtain experience in the field while also forging connections that can later lead to a career.

Take Part in a Comprehensive Accounting Practicum

In addition to accounting internships, Florida Tech students also take part in a comprehensive accounting practicum, allowing them to perform a "live case analysis" on a business of their choosing. The accounting practicum bridges the gap between classroom studies and the real world, easing the transition from accounting student to industry professional.

Each student is matched with a host organization of interest where he or she learns how the organization functions and gains practical insight into problem-solving and decision-making processes. Students also gain experience in corporate social responsibility by becoming actively engaged in a community organization. Some of these organizations include:

  • Sunshine State Conference
  • Melbourne Main StreetDRS
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Harris Corporation
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Space Coast Credit Union
  • Health-First
  • Northrop-Grumman
  • Junior Achievement of the Space Coast

This research experience provides students with an opportunity to learn about a company and the accounting field beyond college and accounting internships.

Join the Student Business Incubator

The Student Business Incubator provides students with exceptional business plans an opportunity to turn their ideas into real business ventures. Select students are provided with office space, computers and other supplies to help them utilize the skills they've learned from accounting internships and courses to create successful startup businesses.

Research Opportunities

In addition to special projects and accounting internships, students have research opportunities supporting faculty investigations or campus-based projects such as:

  • Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development - The center has been established to push the boundaries of entrepreneurial education, global innovation and practical research in pursuit of new venture creation, sustainability, social value creation and venture acceleration.
  • Center for Ethics and Leadership - The mission of the center is to promote the practice of ethical behavior and effective leadership by engaging in activities that provide a forum for research, discussion and a better understanding of ethics and leadership amongst all stakeholders in society.

Make Contacts in a Club or Organization

Our chapter of Delta Mu Delta, a business honor society, recognizes academic excellence in business students. This organization also focuses on networking and connecting students from around the world to forge the connections that can eventually lead to accounting internships and successful careers in the field.

The Florida Tech Investment Club invites students from every discipline to come together to be creative, share ideas, and explore business opportunities and invest in the stock market with seed real money from the club. guest speakers are invited to share their experiences and to help members make better business and investment decisions.

What can you do with an accounting degree?

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

  • Economist

  • 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 average $49,749 per year, with earning potential up to at least $121,000. For auditors, the median salary is $68,150 per year, with earning potential up to at least $121,000.Associated finance careers also provide good income potential:

Finance: $47,700-$85,400
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:

  • Global CPA Accounting Firms (E&Y, Deloitte, PwC, RSM, and KPMG)
  • Harris Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Brevard County Government
  • Florida Lifestyle RealtyDRS
  • Rockwell Collins
  • State Farm
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Airewire.net, Inc.
  • The Bionetics Corp.
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Space Coast Credit Union
  • State and federal regulatory agencies, including the Federal Audit Agency

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.

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