Students enjoying convocationWhen you graduate from college and would like to pursue a career that offers challenging work assignments, a variety of travel opportunities, enormous advancement potential, continuous skills building, and, of course, not to mention a good salary, then you should consider a major in accounting. According to the world's leading financial services recruiting company, accounting is the “ultimate business adventure.”

With an accounting degree from San Jose State University, you will have the fundamental tools necessary to compete in a global economy. Your accounting degree will open doors to a variety of career options in an array of organizations around the world. Typically, our accounting graduates have the opportunity to choose from public accounting, corporate accounting, and government accounting/audit.

Graduates who enter public accounting have the opportunity to perform accounting, audit, tax, and consulting services for a broad range of clients of large international, regional, or local firms. Careers in corporate accounting include work in either large multi-national corporations or smaller local firms in areas such as: financial analysis and reporting, budgeting, performance evaluation, cost management, and tax planning and compliance. Finally, our graduates who choose to work in government accounting/audit find jobs in municipalities, county, state, and federal level. Maintaining and examining the financial records of public sector agencies to the auditing of private businesses and individuals which are subject to government regulations or taxation are just some of the professional activities performed as government accountants/auditors. Additionally, the curriculum includes an awareness of the moral and ethical considerations involved; and incentives to grow and keep pace with ever-changing issues, conditions, forces and ideas.

According to the latest edition of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handout, employment of accountants and auditors is listed as one of the fastest growing occupations between 2006 and 2016. The employment outlook is especially strong for those accountants and auditors with a college degree. The demand for new accounting graduates is reflected in starting salaries. According to the most recent survey released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, accounting majors from the class of 2008 enjoy an average offer in the low $50s while firms in Silicon Valley may offer salaries in the low to mid-$50s. This is one of the top salaries for new college grads.

Potential career paths include fields in:

  • Accounting at a public accounting firm specializing in:
  • Accounting in an industrial sector leading to:
          Financial analyst
          Management/cost accounting
          Chief financial officer (CFO)
  • Tax accountant in private practice
  • Not-for-profit accounting
  • Governmental accounting
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

This is a terrific time to begin pursuing a career in accounting. There is no shortage of opportunity. You are only limited by your imagination and your desire.