The Accounting Concentration educates students on the important accounting aspects of organizations, including recording, reporting, and interpreting economic data. This data is essential to the success of an organization as it provides information for decision making and planning. The Accounting concentration prepares students for careers in industry, public accounting, government, or in nonprofit organizations. It also provides the undergraduate foundation for successful completion of the CPA or CMA examinations. Accounting graduates have a variety of career options - public, forensic, management or cost accounting, internal auditing, financial advising, and consulting.
All Business and Management students are required to complete a paid internship in their junior or senior year. Business internships are a great way to test-drive your career, contribute to an organization, and discover valuable lessons that will help prepare you for your career after college. With the assistance of your Internship Advisor, you will find an organization that meets your needs, and complete 140 hours there. Many students receive job offers at the end of their internship, and/or create lasting relationships that may help them in landing their first career job out of college.
1. You will enter a growing field
As someone who is receiving their degree in accounting you will graduate with confidence knowing that you are entering a career field that is growing steadily. According to the BLS.org, careers for accountants and auditors are expected to grow by 11% over the next decade. This rate is higher than most other professions (which is 7%). At Hope International our goal is to ensure that you are fully prepared to enter this growing field.
2. Experience a good paying job
When you major in accounting, you will not only be entering a field with many job opportunities, but you will be also entering a field that has great pay opportunities. According to the BLS.org, professionals in the fields of Accounting and Finance earn a median yearly income of $67,190, which is almost double the national median yearly income for all careers ($36,200). This means that you can enter the field of accounting knowing that you will likely see a strong return on your investment in the future.
3. Be prepared for the CPA exam
With a degree in accounting, you will be prepared to sit for the certified public accountant exam. When you pass the exam you will greatly increase your opportunity for growth in pay and job position. Find more information on the CPA exam and its requirements here.
4. Enter a diverse field
While it’s true that those who receive a degree in accounting will likely find themselves working with numbers in their future career, that does not mean that there isn’t any diversity in their chosen career field. Someone with a degree in accounting could find themselves working in the field of government, corporate entertainment, sports business, tax accounting, or any other field of business.
5. Work in something that you enjoy
When choosing a major, it’s important to recognize that whatever subject you choose to major in will be the subject that you will be studying in-depth for the next few years of your life in college. That being said, don’t you want to get your degree in a topic that you love? If working in the field of numbers and analyzing them to better direct the future of a company sounds exciting to you, then pursing a degree in accounting sounds like a good path for you.
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