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Academic Information: - top

What is Accounting? - top

The American Accounting Association defines accounting as "the process of identifying, measuring and communicating economic information to permit informed judgements and decisions by users of the information."

Accounting is an information science used to collect, classify, and manipulate financial data for organizations and individuals. Accounting is instrumental within organizations as a means of determining financial stability. Accountants are responsible for determining an organization's overall wealth, profitability, and liquidity. Without accounting, organizations would have no basis or foundation upon which daily and long-term decisions could be made. The budgets for marketing activities, profit reinvestment, research and development, and company growth all stem from the work of accountants. Accounting is one of the oldest and most respected professions in the world, and accountants can be found in every industry from entertainment to medicine.

Career Information - top

Possible/Typical Job Titles - top

IRS Investigator
Bank Examiner
Loan Administrator
Benefits Administrator
Management Consultant
Budgetary Control Analyst
Managerial Accountant
Personal Financial Planner
Chief Financial Officer
Plant Accountant
Tax Specialist
Loan/Consumer Credit
Chief Cost Accountant
Public Accountant
Treasury Mgmt Specialist
Estate Planner
Securities Broker
Trust Accountant
Management Consultant
Chief Financial Officer
Systems Analyst
Tax Accountant
Accountant, Public Practice
Sales Manager
Tax Supervisor/Auditor
Lawyer - Audit Manager

Claims Adjuster
Public Accountant
Consumer Credit Officer
Securities Broker
Systems Analyst
Cost Accountant
Tax Specialist
Credit and Collection Specialist
FBI or CIA Agent
Trust Accountant
Governmental Accountant
Budgetary Control Analyst
Governmental Accountant
Systems Analyst
Credit and Collection
Personal Financial Planner
Tax Compliance Specialist
Loan Administrator
Commercial Banker
Television/Film Producer
Certified Public Accountant
Industrial Accountant
Tax Lawyer
Budget Accountant
Computer Programmer
Employment Agency Counselor
Claim Adjuster/Examiner
Systems Accountant
Treasury Management
Cost Dept. Supervisor
Financial Aid Director
Inventory Control Specialist

Typical Places of Employment - top

-Federal, state and local government agencies
-Banks/financial institutions

-Federal, state and local government agencies
-Banks/financial institutions

Required Skills and Abilities - top

Problem solver
Numerical computation
Oral and written communication
Adapt well to frequent change
Analyze and interpret data
Computer literacy

Logical thinking
Critical thinking
Systemizing skills
Work independently
Team work

Alumni Resources - top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to our Mentor Network)

-Adkins, Wade - Supervisor - McGladrey & Pullen, LLP
-Arnold, Christopher - Senior Associate - PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP
-Bennett, Martha - City Finance Administrator - Town of Ocean
-Brothers, Devon - Tax Accountant - Ernst & Young LLP
-Davis, Feltrin - Audit Associate - Reznick Group
-Evans, Brian - Staff Tax Accountant - Arthur F. Bell Jr. & Associates LLC
-Florkowski, Greg - KPMG LLP - Audit Manager
-Hackett, Mark - Director, Budget and Planning - B.P. Amoco
-Hallengren, Kristopher - Valuation and Financial Consulting Manager - Clifton Gunderson, LLP

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