Accounting Career Paths

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 MAcc students in both large international firms, such as the Big Four (PwC, KPMG, EY and Deloitte), as well as in local/regional and small firms. Common career paths and specializations include: audit/assurance services, tax, forensic accounting, information technology, international accounting, personal financial planning and consulting.

Public accounting employers primarily hire via the on-campus recruiting process. Those interested in public accounting should plan to contact our career coaches in early fall semester in order to participate in all recruiting activities.

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. However, those interested in these paths should also know that opportunities are available throughout the year.

Job Market

Opportunities for talented professional accountants are on the rise nationwide. High demand and job security are two of the reasons students decide to become CPAs. For information on specific states and accounting salaries, reference this accounting salary guide. While roughly one third of Eccles School MAcc graduates secure employment out of state, Utah is becoming an increasingly attractive career hub and  is one of the “fastest growing economies in the US.”

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