An accounting degree is surprisingly versatile, giving you the tools you need to succeed at just about anything in the business world. Become a CPA, pursue a career in finance or corporate management, work for the government or even become the owner of your own firm.
The opportunities in accounting are particularly good for women. In the last 15 years, the number of women entering the accounting profession has almost doubled. In a recent AICPA survey, there were more female accounting graduates than males (52% vs. 48%). And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the accounting field is projected to grow faster than the average rate of growth found in other fields through the year 2018.
Accounting is more than “number crunching”—it is the language of business. It’s also the most common undergraduate degree held by the CEOs of the largest corporations in America. And, because accountants understand the business so well, they are frequently considered for management roles outside of accounting.