College of Business & Management
Accounting Careers Overview
Even in the current economy, our Accounting graduates are in high demand. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 22% between 2008 and 2018—which is much faster than the average for all occupations1. Contrary to the classic "number cruncher" stereotype, today's accountants work in some of the business world's most vibrant environments, from advertising agencies to entertainment firms to restaurant chains. In addition, the accounting field is broadening and the services they now offer include such things as budget analysis, financial and investment planning, and information technology consulting.
When you earn your bachelor's degree in Business Administration from DeVry University with a major in Accounting, you'll be equipped to help organizations and individuals keep accurate financial records, complete required tax forms, and pay taxes on time. In addition to designing and implementing advanced accounting systems for specific needs, some traditional accounting careers include:
- Public accountant: Handling accounting, auditing, tax reporting, and consulting for corporations, not-for-profit organizations, governments, and individuals.
- Corporate accountant: Recording and analyzing companies' financial information.
- Government accountant: Auditing, investigating, and providing general accounting services.
Accounting careers are found in nearly every industry, including:
- Public accounting corporations
- Multinational companies
- Small businesses
- Nonprofit organizations
- Government agencies
DeVry University graduates in Business Administration with a major in Accounting will be prepared for careers in areas such as:
- Financial accounting, including CPA firm positions2
- Financial services industry planning and analysis
- Financial consulting
- Federal and state taxation
- Internal auditing
For related career paths, see all degree programs offered by the College of Business & Management.
The DeVry University Career Advantage
Whether you are looking to attend a traditional campus or an online university, DeVry University is the place where you can gain the skills, credentials, and respect you need to succeed the accounting world. The proof is in the numbers. For the year ending with the October '09 graduates, 91% of U.S. DeVry Business Administration graduates were employed in their field at an average salary of $38,553 (Of graduates who actively pursued and obtained employment and those who were already employed in education-related careers within 180 days of graduation.)
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Accountants and Auditors, http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos001.htm.
2 Students seeking professional certification must contact their state Board of Accountancy or the appropriate organization for their field of interest to seek professional licensing exam requirements