Accounting Careers


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As one of the main pillars of all businesses, accounting helps track funds and financial health, allowing managers to plan ahead for the future.

There are many ways an accounting degree can be useful in your career. Below are some of the most popular career fields for accounting graduates.

Public Accounting
Public accounting will expose you to a number of clients in the firm's audit, tax or advisory practices. You'll get exposure to many different industries and aspects of business.

Corporate Accounting
Every business needs accountants, and you'll be in the trenches every day with people from all over the organization depending on you. You may circulate from department to department mastering the ins and outs of your business - in industries such as manufacturing to software development.

Every level of government has a need for accountants, including analysts, revenue auditors, and compliance auditors.

Non-Profit Organizations
Accounting is the behind the scenes helper for almost every non-profit organization making sure they are using their resources to the fullest. You could be working at a hospital or at a charitable organization where you will be running audits, or handling the budgeting of the organization. By volunteering at a non-profit organization, you can build a network of contacts to help you enter this field.

Use your knowledge to continuing your education and pursue a masters degree or PhD and teach at the high school, community college, or university level. In this case, maintaining a high GPA and receiving strong faculty recommendations are key for admission to graduate school.

Accounting Department Job & Internship Opportunities from Viking CareerLink

The Accounting Department has partnered with the Career Services Center to showcase current job and internship announcements specifically for Accounting students and alumni. Check back often as the Career Center Accounting Events is updated daily with new opportunities.

Students and alumni can create an account in Viking CareerLink to access full job descriptions. For information about opportunities, or for assistance using Viking CareerLink, contact WWU Career Services at 360.650.3240, or visit Old Main 280.

Links to Accounting Profession
WWU Beta Alpha Psi's resources page contains a comprehensive list of accounting firms, private industry organizations and governmental agencies that hire graduates from Western's Accounting program.

Additional Resources

Western Career Services
Viking CareerLink Job Database
Survey of Recent Graduates
This Way to CPA