Accounting Careers and Certifications

Accounting is often called "the language of business" since it is an integral part of every business and industry. With the dynamic growth of technology, accounting jobs are diverse and exciting. The 21st century will continue to offer an increase in challenges and complexities. Solutions to today's problems require an accountant to be at the forefront of new technologies.

As our economy expands, tax laws become more complicated, and firms become multinational, the demand for a competent, degreed accountant will continue to increase. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College seeks to contribute toward meeting that demand by offering a four-year baccalaureate accounting degree.


With certification and experience, accounting jobs could include the following:


The accounting major prepares a person for a professional career in accounting and includes the educational components for many certifications including the Certified Management Accountant (CMA); the Certified Financial Management (CFM); the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and several other certifications. Some of these certifications require work experience before you can take the exam.

This major does not meet the requirements for those students that wish to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam without modifying and extending the number of hours above the 125 hours required for this major. If you are interested in the CPA exam, there are ways of modifying and adding hours to this major to meet the requirements in your state. Some students prefer the Accounting Information Systems major that meets the semester hour requirement (150 hours) for CPA candidacy, but they don’t rule out choosing additional courses to add to this major.

Job Outlook

The job outlook is good for accountants and auditors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2011), "employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations." According to a  Fall 2011 salary survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, bachelor's degree candidates in accounting received starting offers averaging $51,134 a year in 2011. The median annual wage of accountants and auditors was $62,850 (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2011 wage data). For specific industry profile information, please visit the Occupational Employment Statistics.

Students with an accounting major from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College will be prepared for positions that require graduates to apply a broad perspective as well as accounting knowledge to various accounting jobs. This major provides a core foundation for positions in the following areas: