Careers in Accounting

There are two main paths in accounting: public accounting and private accounting.

Public Accounting

Working in public accounting means working for a professional services firm that offers audit, tax and consulting services to a variety of external clients. Public accounting opportunities are available to students in both large international firms, such as the Big 4 (PwC, KPMG, EY, and Deloitte), as well as in local/regional and small firms.

Public accounting employers primarily hire via the on-campus recruiting process. Those interested in public accounting should contact Accounting Career Services as soon as soon as they are accepted into the major because interviews start as early as junior year. Most public accounting firms recruit students who are planning on obtaining their Masters and CPA certification.

Private Accounting

Those employed in private accounting work within companies and organizations to complete important financial and accounting functions. Private accounting includes opportunities in corporate (both publicly traded and privately held companies), non-profit, and government sectors.

Many employers in private accounting participate in on-campus recruiting with the School of Accounting and have various opportunities for internships and full time positions available throughout the year.

Accounting Career Outlook

Bachelor’s Salary National Average – $50,000

U of U 2016 Grads – $53,345

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for accountants and auditors will increase by 13% nationwide between now and 2022. Starting salaries are often lower in public accounting than other disciplines, but the opportunities for growth are unmatched if a student decides to get their Master’s and pass the CPA exam. It’s estimated that a CPA who goes into public accounting will make an additional 1 million dollars in lifetime earnings over those with a bachelor’s degree.

Common career paths and specializations include:

Audit/ Assurance Services
Forensic Accounting
Information Technology

International Accounting
Personal Financial Planning

Download Resume Template       Accounting Recruiting Workshop

Employers and Fall Recruiting

The School of Accounting has a very robust fall recruiting program managed by the career coaches. Each fall, over 24 accounting firms and companies come on campus to recruit for full time and internship positions. Both local and national opportunities will be available during this time.

If you are a student planning on going through the recruiting process, please contact your career coach by emailing to set up an appointment. Students going through fall recruiting must have their resume reviewed by a coach.

Here is a sample of some of the employers who recruit our accounting students:

Accounting Career Resources

Accounting Career Coaches

Meet with your career coach to discuss anything career-related from career exploration, resumes, cover letters, your job search – we’re here to help! For academic advising, including admissions, declaring a major, and class schedules, please contact your academic advisor.

Jonathan Exton
Jonathan Exton
Career Counselor
Rebecca McDonald
Rebecca McDonald
Career Coach