"What Can I Do With a Major in...Accountancy?"
Why Major in Accountancy?
The design of the undergraduate degree for accounting students is to provide students with sufficient technical and professional accounting knowledge as well as the skills that form the foundation for a career in accounting and to engage in a life-long learning process. The School of Accountancy has identified three professional knowledge and skill areas, which are:
- Professional accounting knowledge.
- professional accounting skills.
- professional orientation.
Within each of these three key areas, key program outcomes are identified.
Professional Accounting Knowledge - each student can demonstrate the ability to apply professional accounting knowledge in the following areas:
- Measurement, recording, analysis, validation, interpretation, and communication of financial, managerial and other business information.
- Ethical and regulatory environments in which accountants work.
- Business processes and internal control.
- Risk assessment and assurance for financial and non-financial reporting.
- Tax policy and compliance for individuals.
- Tax policy and compliance for taxable and non-taxable entities.
Professional Accounting Skills - each student can demonstrate basic professional skills in the following areas:
- Written communication.
- Use of information technology to support business processes and decision-making.
- Problem solving / critical thinking skills.
- Researching appropriate resources to resolve accounting related issues.
Professional Orientation - students can demonstrate an awareness of the following professional areas associated with success in the accounting profession:
- Complexities of the global business environment.
- Expectations of professional and ethical conduct and the need for continuing education.
- Roles and responsibilities of accountants to insure the integrity of financial and other business information.
Related Career Titles
*For further information, the following career titles may be used as keywords in FOCUS' "Search by Occupation Name," or a general search engine.
|Accounting Clerk||Forensic Accountant|
|Accounting Manager||General Accountant|
|Accounting Supervisor||General Accounting Office Accountant (GAO)|
|Auditing Clerk||Industrial Accountant|
|Auditing Practitioner||Internal Auditor|
|Auditor||Internal Revenue Service Agent (IRS)|
|Bookkeeper||Inventory Control Specialist|
|Budget Accountant||IRS Tax Auditor|
|Budget Director||Loan Officer|
|Business Analyst||Payroll Manager|
|Certified Management Accountant||Private Accountant|
|Certified Public Accountant (CPA)||Professor/Educator|
|Chief Cost Accountant||Property Accountant|
|Chief Financial Officer||Public Accountant|
|City Financial Manager||Registered Public Accountant (RPA)|
|Collection & Debt Manager||Securities & Exchange Commissioner|
|Commodities Trader||Securities Investigator|
|Consumer Credit Officer||Senior Commodities Tax Examiner|
|Corporate Accountant||State Treasurer|
|Cost Accountant||Systems Accountant|
|County Treasurer||Tax Accountant|
|Credit & Collections||Tax Examiner|
|External Accountant||Tax Specialist|
|Financial Officer||Tax Technician|
|Financial Vice President||Treasurer|
|Financial Investment Analyst|
Occupational Research Websites
Related Job Listing/Job Search Web Sites
Accountancy Student Organization (UCM)
American Accounting Association
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Beta Alpha Psi (UCM)
Delta Epsilon Chi (UCM)
Delta Sigma Pi (UCM)
Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)
National Society of Accountants
Phi Beta Lambda (UCM)
Four-Year Academic Plan
The career paths listed are those which are commonly associated with this area of study and in no way does this site attempt to suggest that these are all of the career paths possible. Some of the career paths listed may require additional education, training, development, licenses and/or certifications. Listings of resources such as job listings, web links, professional organizations, library publications, and other information found on this page are believed to be accurate and true at the time published. The "What Can I Do With A Major In..." database is reviewed and updated every year in July. While no list is truly exhaustive, if you feel something should be added, deleted, changed or updated on this page, please contact the Career Services Center by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and an out-of-cycle change will be completed.
Who Can Help Me?
Career Development Coordinator