Oregon State University


What is Accounting? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU College of Business

What is Accounting?

According to the OSU College of Business, "The goal of the accounting program at OSU is to provide a professionally oriented program to prepare students for successful careers in the major fields of accounting including tax accounting, cost accounting, auditing, corporate accounting and not-for-profit accounting. 

"With a B.S. degree in accounting, you could become a corporate accountant and work in the controller’s office or that of the chief financial officer.   Or, you could work as a cost analyst in the production department of a company.  One popular option is to become an independent auditor and "test” the financial records of companies and organizations. 

"Accounting is a study of the concepts and techniques used in reporting on matters related to an entity's financial status and performance. Because entities compete for economic resources, accounting information is essential to managers for planning and controlling activities. Information generated by the accounting process is relevant for business decision-making."

Accounting - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers


Industrial/Institutional Buyer


Insurance Agent/Broker

Administrative Services Manager

Internal Auditor


International Trade

Assistant Controller

International Trade Specialist


Inventory Control Specialist

Bank Examiner

IRM Consultant

Benefits/Compensation Manager

IRS Investigator


Lawyer - Audit Manager

Budget Accountant

Loan Administrator

Budgetary Control Analyst

Loan/Consumer Credit

Business Teacher

Management Accountant

Certified Public Accountant

Management Consultant

Chief Cost Accountant

Managerial Accountant

Chief Financial Officer

Managerial Consultant

CIA Agent

Methods/Procedures Specialist

Claims Adjuster/Examiner

Payroll Manager

Collection Agent

Personal Financial Planner

Commercial Banker

Plant Accountant

Commodities Trader

Production Manager

Computer Programmer


Consumer Credit Officer

Property Accountant

Contract Administrator

Public Accountant


Sales Manager

Cost Accountant

Securities Broker

Cost Dept. Supervisor

Staff Accountant

Credit and Collection


EDP Auditor

Student Affairs Manager

Employment Agency Counselor

Systems Accountant


Systems Analyst

Estate Planner

Tax Accountant

External Auditor

Tax Advisor

FBI Agent

Tax Compliance Specialist

Financial Aid Director

Tax Lawyer

Financial Analyst

Tax Specialist

Financial Investment Analyst

Tax Supervisor/Auditor

Financial Manager

Television/Film Producer

Fund Raiser


General Auditor

Treasury Management

Governmental Accountant

Treasury Mgmt Specialist

Industrial Accountant

Trust Accountant

Industrial Buyer 


Industrial Transportation


Related Skills

Adapt Well with Frequent Change

Critical Thinking Skills

Organized & Efficient

Analytical Abilities

Numerical Computation Excellence

Problem Solving Skills

Communication Skills (Oral & Written)

Organization Skills

Team Worker

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Morgan Stanley


Internal Revenue Service

Ameriprise Financial

J.P. Morgan

Accounting Jobs

Accounting Careers

After College

CPA Directory

CPA Jobs

Consulting Actuary

eFinancial Careers

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

The Accounting Degree Guide

AccountingEDU.org - created based on the idea that aspiring CPAs and other accounting professionals need a comprehensive resource that makes the world of accounting and finance understandable and accessible. All too often these topics are presented at a level beyond the scope of understanding of those just beginning to explore these complex concepts. Just as often, these topics are presented at an elementary level that lacks the depth and breadth necessary to convey the information readers need to gain a full understanding.

Top Accounting Careers - a useful resource for students considering accounting as a career path, as well as those interested in learning how accounting professionals collaborate with those from other business fields.

What Can I do with a Major in Accounting? - CareerThoughts.com has a similar page to this one, which includes career options, expected salary, and job outlook information.

Professional Association Links

U.S. Department of the Treasury

National Society of Accountants

American Association of Finance & Accounting

American Bankers Association

American Institute of CPAs

American Society of Women Accountants

Miscellaneous Links

Corporate Finance Network

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