Accounting

Why a degree in Accounting?

Because virtually all organizations produce and use financial data for decision making, the career possibilities for an accounting major are diverse. Many students launch careers at public accounting firms, seeking their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. Public accounting firms provide external audit, tax prep/research, consulting, and other financial services to their clients. The state of Montana requires 150 credit hours to qualify for the CPA license, so many students pursue a Masters in Accountancy or a double major to achieve this. Beyond public accounting, students may seek careers with for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, and governments. These organizations use internal accountants, internal auditors, financial analysts, IT risk managers, cost accountants, tax specialists, and controllers. Students may also seek careers in compliance, fraud, and forensics with organizations such as the IRS and FBI.

Sample Occupations

  • Public Accountant
  • Private Accountant
  • Controller
  • Government Accountant
  • Internal Auditor
  • External Auditor
  • Information Technology Auditor
  • Tax Examiner
  • Financial Analyst

Professional Associations