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What Can You Do With a Degree in Accounting

Description: The accounting major educates students to begin, and continue to develop, careers as professional accountants.  The program of study provides both entry-level competence to make sound independent judgments, and a foundation for career development.  Students are prepared for a wide range of professional careers in industry, finance, government and other not-for-profit organizations.  The State of South Carolina requires specific coursework to qualify to take the CPA exam.  Upstate students planning to sit for the CPA, take at least 24 semester hours of accounting (225,226,331,332,333,335,433,435 or 437) which covers financial accounting (225,331,332), managerial accounting (226,333), taxation (335) and auditing (435). Students planning to sit for the CPA must also have at least 24 semester hours of business courses which may include macro and micro economics (SECO 221 and 222), finance (363), business law (347), management (290, 371, 372 and 478), and marketing (350). To receive the CPA license, the student must have completed 150 university credit hours in accounting and business courses.  Many students choose a masters degree for the additional credit hours.

Analytical skills
Ability to synthesize 
Abstract thinking
Computer knowledge 
Logical problem solving
Legal knowledge
Decision making
Information handling 
Numeric computation
Money Management
Interpersonal skills


Typical Work Activities:
Design systems to gather financial and related information
Accumulate and summarize information
Analyze and interpret data
Conduct examinations of financial statements
Compile and review financial information
Prepare tax returns and supporting documentation
Devise a reporting system for better control and decision-making 
Determine the financial effects of projected management actions aimed at achieving organization objectives

Occupational Opportunities: 
Bank Examiner
Benefits Administrator  
Budgetary Control Analyst
Certified Public Accountant
Chief Financial Officer
Claims Adjuster
Consumer Credit Officer
Controller                                                         Cost Accountant
Credit & Collection Specialist
Inventory Control
Governmental Accountant
FBI or CIA Agent
RS Investigator
Loan Administrator
Management Consultant
Managerial Accountant
Personal Financial Planner
Public Accountant
Securities Broker
Systems Analyst
Tax Specialist
Trust Accountant

Possible Employment Settings:
Federal, state and local government agencies
Banks/financial institutions
The Big 5 Accounting firms
Consulting firms
Non-Profit organizations

Salary Information:

According to the Spring 2005 Salary Survey of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the average salary offer for Accounting majors is:  $43,809.

Career Services Resources:
Careers in Focus: Financial Services, by Ferguson Publishing, 2000
Great Jobs for Accounting Majors, Jan Goldberg, 1998
Job Opportunities for Business Majors, 1998
Careers in Focus:  Business, by Ferguson Publishing, 2000Careers in Business, by Lila B. Stair, 1998
What Can You Do With A Major In Business?, 2005
GCIS and Focus programs

Additional Information:
American Accounting Association                        
5717 Bessie Drive                                                           
Sarasota, FL 34233-2399                            

Institute of Internal Auditors
247 Maitland Avenue
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701-4201                                      

American Society of Women Accountants             
8405 Greensboro Drive, Suite 800                                                          
McLean, VA 22102                                            

Institute of Management Accounting
10 Paragon Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645-1718

Association of Government Accountants               
2208 Mount Vernon Avenue        
Alexandria, VA 22301                                        

National Association of Black Accountants, Inc
7249-A Hanover Pkwy
Greenbelt, MD  20770

Web Sites:
FAQs on Accounting Careers:
Careers in the Field of Accounting:
Jobs in Accounting:       
Financial Job Network:

Student Organization:
Accounting Club

Link to USC Upstate George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics 

Career Center Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Spartan CareerLink for Students
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Contact Us

Sherry McAdams
Director, Career Center
Phone: 864-503-5393

Career Center
John M. Rampey Center
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5392 
Fax: 864-503-5931
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