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Career Information for Accounting Majors



Accounting involves the examination, organization, management, and design of accurate recording and reporting procedures of financial and business transactions. The study of accounting helps you learn the various ways of maintaining accurate, up-to-date financial and business records. - from: College Majors and Careers: A Resource Guide for Effective Life Planning. 5th ed. by Paul Phifer

Careers include:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Controller
  • Financial Planner
  • Insurance Agent
  • Internal Revenue Agent
  • Internal Auditor
  • Investment Banker
  • Public Accountant
  • Tax Preparer
  • Treasurer
  • Underwriter



Occupational Outlook Handbook

Search for reports about Accounting or any of the careers listed above. The Occupational Outlook Handbook website maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor provides:

  • Hundreds of types of jobs, accessible by job title or general occupational areas
  • Training and educational requirements
  • Salaries
  • Expected job growth
  • Job descriptions
  • Working conditions

Career Databases

Vault Online Career Library

  • Career articles
  • Descriptions of occupations
  • Occupational surveys
  • Company profiles
  • Industry guides

WetFeet Career Guides:

  • University Park students may register to access Webfeet Guides
  • Career requirements
  • Geographic search capability
  • Interviews with recruiters
  • Articles
  • Job search strategies




Associations provide not only helpful information for practitioners, but wonderful career resources as well. Association web sites often have two levels of access: public information (free) and also information for members only (fee-based). Associations usually publish newsletters, journals and other resources to help their membership stay on top of issues in the profession. Links to related associations are usually posted.

National Associations


State Associations:

Additional associations may be found in each report in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.




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Suggested searches:

  • [Specific company name]
  • Corporate culture
  • Employee satisfaction
  • Actuarial science AND employment
  • Actuarial science AND careers
  • Browse publications such as The Wall Street Journal
  • Narrow search to trade publications



Company Information

Find Company Information in Hoover's

  • Proprietary company and industry information
  • News
  • Career development
  • Industry trends