What Can I Do With an Accounting Degree

What Can I do with an Accounting Degree?

Accounting is a versatile degree. Students who graduate with a major in accounting may find jobs in many areas of business, including sales, production management, client management, product development, procurement, general management, banking and financial planning. Many fields that accountants choose to enter are public accounting, corporate accounting, government, forensic accounting, education, and nonprofit.

Most graduates go on to become a certified public accountant (CPA), though depending on your career, that is not necessary. Other designations, such as a certified management accountant (CMA) and certified internal auditor (CIA), are also options. Accounting is such an important part of the business world because it is the most basic form of how a business is doing, as well as being the "language" of business. As the world is continuously changing, the business world is evolving at a rapid rate, and the demand for accountants is steadily growing posing a promising job outlook presently and for the future.

P1010754Accounting Seniors and faculty at Ockerman awards reception

Famous Accounting Majors

If we haven't convinced you to go into the field of accounting, then maybe this will: These rich and famous people chose the accounting discipline to study.

While majoring in accounting does not guarantee you the same success, it doesn't hurt to be in good company.

Name, Career (Alma Mater)

  • Alan ("Fluff") Freeman, DJ
  • Arthur Blank, Businessman and philanthropist, co-founder of Home Depot (Babson College)
  • Bob Newhart, Comedian
  • Chuck Liddell, MMA/UFC fighter (California Polytechnic University)
  • David Graveney OBE, Former chairman of the England Test selectors
  • D’Lo Brown, Professional wrestler
  • Eddie Izzard, Comedian (University of Sheffield)
  • Fred MacAulay, the Scottish Comedian (University of Dundee)
  • Gibby Haynes, Musician (Trinity University in San Antonio)
  • John Grisham, Novelist (Mississippi State University)
  • Janet Jackson, Singer
  • J. P. Morgan, Founded J. P. Morgan & Co.
  • J Walter Diemer, Invented bubble gum
  • Kenny G, Musician (University of Washington)
  • Kerrii B. Anderson, CEO of Wendy’s International, Inc.
  • Kevin Kennedy, Former Texas Rangers Manager and TV host
  • Luca Pacioli, wrote the first book on double-entry accounting in 1494. He is frequently referred to as the father of accounting. He’s still a hot commodity today.
  • Marcus O’Sullivan, Track sensation
  • Mick Jagger, Lead singer in the Rolling Stones (London School of Economics)
  • Pádraig Harrington, Irish professional golfer
  • Ray Romano, Actor (Queens College)
  • Ray Wersching, Ex-San Francisco 49er field goal kicker
  • Robert Plant, Singer for the rock band Led Zeppelin
  • Ron Moody, British actor (London School of Economics)
  • Tim DuBois, known as “The Singing Accountant,” and is currently the President of Arista Records in Nashville