Career Options

How to find your fit in accounting

Nearly every type of organization employs Accounting professionals. Learn how the CPA role varies between different industries, and how you can specialize your work based on your skills and interests.

Industries

From large to small, public to private, a wide range of work experience is available to you depending on the employer you choose. Discover what the top industries have to offer below.

Public

Explore the possibilities that arise from starting in Accounting's biggest field

Self-Employed

Find out the pros (and cons) of having your own Accounting practice

Consulting

Accounting consultants can work at a variety of companies, and on a range of projects

Government

Learn the benefits of being a CPA for local, state, and the Federal government

Education

Working part-time or full-time as an Accounting teacher

Nonprofit

How to combine your passion with your career by working at a nonprofit

Corporate

What it means to go in-house as a corporate CPA

Specializations

Once you become a licensed CPA, you'll have the ability to choose a specialization. While it's not mandatory, having an area of expertise boosts both your marketability and your salary. Learn more about the most in-demand specializations below.

Tax

Navigating the ever-changing world of tax accounting

Personal Financial Planning

Helping individuals by strategically advising on savings, investments, and risk management

Business Valuation

Determining the true value of companies in advance of mergers and acquisitions

Information Technology

Using technology to solve business problems and improve efficiency

Financial Forensics

Working inside—and outside—the courtroom by investigating cases of corporate fraud and bankruptcy

Audit

Doing the detective work of investigating whether companies are operating ethically

Managerial

Combining financial analysis and business acumen to help companies grow