Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business

Accounting

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

In the Accounting specialization, learners acquire and apply various methods of ethically maintaining accurate and up-to-date financial records and reporting procedures for business transactions. Learners also gain and practice an understanding of a wide array of accounting-related services, including budget analysis, financial and investment planning, and financial statement and internal control auditing. These skills prepare graduates for a profession in financial, managerial, or government accounting. In addition to accounting expertise, learners in this specialization demonstrate the interpersonal and communication skills required to present information to both internal and external clients, influencing organizational effectiveness at all levels of their organization. This specialization is not designed to prepare learners for a CPA exam.

Accounting CPA 
Learners in the BS Accounting CPA program acquire and apply various methods of ethically maintaining and monitoring financial records. Learners gain an understanding of a wide array of accounting-related services, including budget analysis, financial and investment planning, and financial statement and internal control auditing. Learners also delve deeper into accounting ethics as well as forensic, governmental, and international accounting. In addition, Learners demonstrate the interpersonal and communication skills required to present information to both internal and external clients, influencing organizational effectiveness at all levels of an organization. Successful graduates of the BS Accounting CPA are prepared to pursue a profession in financial, managerial, taxation, auditing, nonprofit, or government accounting. Completion of the BS Accounting CPA alone does not adequately prepare learners to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam or to become licensed certified public accountants. Learners need to understand and follow their specific state licensing requirements to ensure they meet their state’s requirements.

Skills gained through this specialization:

This specialization was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Establish appropriate accounting systems and strategies for business and organizations
  • Organize and interpret financial information
  • Incorporate business and economic contingencies that influence accounting systems
  • Communicate professionally within the field of accounting
  • Leverage technology in the field of accounting for functional effectiveness and efficiency
  • Report financial results and accounting information for use by organizational stakeholders
  • Apply appropriate professional and ethical standards relevant to the field of accounting

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

Professional Associations

Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Accounting specialist
  • Accountant
  • Staff accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Accounting manager
  • Tax manager
  • Internal auditor
  • Audit manager
  • Tax professional
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting clerk

Employment settings to explore

  • Financial Services organization
  • Bank
  • Accounting, Tax preparation, Bookkeeping and Payroll Services organization
  • Government - local, state, federal
  • Insurance carrier
  • Hospital
  • College or university
  • Community or technical college
  • Consulting firm
  • Manufacturing organization
  • Self-employed

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include monetary compensation, benefits, work environment, organization culture, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 

Accreditation

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.