The major in accounting provides students with the academic training and experience needed to become professional accountants. Job opportunities include careers in public accounting, business and industry, not-for-profit organizations, and government.
Careers in accounting follow one of the following two branches: professional (CPA) and managerial (comptrollership). The CPA certificate is granted upon completion of the educational and professional experience requirements of the state in which the accountant wishes to work. In New York state, the applicant must be a graduate of a college within an approved accounting curriculum with at least 24 credits of accounting courses. Professional requirements include two years of diversified professional accounting experience, or only one year if an acceptable master's program is completed.
As of August 2009, New York state requires 150 credits of education for CPA licensure. Most other states currently require 150 credits as well. Students seeking CPA licensure and planning to sit for the CPA Exam should meet with an advisor to discuss the educational requirements for the state in which they seek licensure.