Career Opportunities for Majors in Accounting


Accounting is an integral part of every business. Accounting professionals help to ensure that firms are run efficiently, public records are kept accurately, and taxes are paid properly and on time. They analyze and communicate financial information for various entities such as companies, individual clients, and federal, state and local governments. Beyond carrying out the fundamental tasks of the occupation—providing information to clients by preparing, analyzing, and verifying financial documents—many accountants also offer budget analysis, financial and investment planning, information technology consulting, and limited legal services.

Most accountants and auditors need at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Many accountants and auditors choose to obtain certification to help advance their careers, such as becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Any accountant filing a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is required by law to be a CPA. This may include senior level accountants working for or on behalf of public companies that are registered with the SEC. CPAs are licensed by their State Board of Accountancy.

Students can obtain a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Accounting at Rutgers Business School. Some major specializations include public accounting, tax accounting, cost accounting, government accounting, budget accounting and internal auditing. Additionally, students preparing for a career in public accounting, who meet specified academic requirements, have the opportunity to enroll in an accounting program at the master’s level. Many students continue on to take the CPA Exam after earning their BS in Accounting at RBS.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Accountant Economist Materials Manager
Actuary Educator Operations Manager
Appraiser Financial Analyst Payroll Manager
Auditor Financial Planner Pension Funds Manager
Bank Officer Info Systems Specialist Plant Accountant
Bond Broker Insurance Adjuster Property Accountant
Budget Accountant Insurance Agent Purchasing Agent
Certified Public Accountant Internal Auditor Research Analyst
Chief Financial Officer Internal Revenue Agent Risk Manager
Commodities Trader Internal Trade Specialist Stock Broker
Consultant Inventory Control Specialist Tax Accountant
Controller Investment Banker Treasurer
Cost Accountant Loan Officer Treasury Mgmt. Specialist
Credit Manager Management Accountant Underwriter
Data Processing Auditor Management Consultant Venture Capitalist

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Banks Credit Unions Pharmaceutical Companies
Brokerage Houses Engineering Firms Private Accounting Firms
Chemical Manufacturers Finance Companies Public Accounting Firms
Colleges/Universities High Technology Firms Transportation Companies
Construction Firms Hospitals Wholesale/Retail Operations
Consulting Firms Insurance Companies
Government Agencies
Army Finance and Accounting Center Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service
Bureau of Economic Analysis Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation NJ Department of Banking and Insurance
Bureau of Public Debt Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Commodity Futures Trading Commission Federal Trade Commission National Credit Union Administration
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Financial Management Service Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Defense Finance and Accounting Service General Accounting Office Office of the State Auditor
Department of the Treasury Health Care Financing Administration Securities and Exchange Commission
Export Bank of the US Int'l. Trade Administration Small Business Administration

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Accounting

Organization Job Title
Merrill Lynch Analyst
Deloitte Audit Assistant
PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit Associate
KPMG Auditor
WithumSmith + Brown Auditor
BMG Music Junior Auditor
Bank of New York Mellon Processing Associate
Prudential Tax Accountant
Deloitte & Touche Staff Accountant
Ernst & Young Staff Accountant
JPMorgan Chase Staff Auditor
Andersen Consulting Staff Level Auditor
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Accounting

Ramapo College of NJ (PhD) Assistant Professor, Management
Deutsche Bank (MBA) Associate
PricewaterhouseCoopers Associate
Delaware River Port Authority (MBA) Budget Analyst
American Tack & Hardware Chief Financial Officer
Accel Partners Chief Financial Officer
Howard Savings Bank Corporate Controller
PricewaterhouseCoopers (MBA) CPA
CIT Group (MBA) Director
Deutsche Bank (MBA) Director
Health Care Compliance, Johnson & Johnson Director
American Red Cross (MBA) Director
Linens N Things Finance Director
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (MS) Finance Manager
American Express Financial Advisor
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Baruch College (CUNY) PhD Management
Bergen Community College
Brooklyn Law School JD Law
Columbia University MBA
Drexel University MBA
Drexel University MS Education
Lehigh University (PA) BS:  Bachelor of Science Accounting And Information Analysis
Mcintire School of Commerce Accounting
NJIT MS Management Information Systems
NYU Stern School of Business MBA
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