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cityThe accounting field has a wide array of job opportunities in the areas of public accounting, private accounting, government accounting, and forensic accounting. A large area of public accounting is auditing. Auditors examine the accuracy of financial statements and provide opinions on the accuracy of the statements. Another major area of public accounting is taxation. Tax specialists prepare tax returns and provide tax planning to clients. Some public accountants provide management consulting and design accounting information systems.

Private or managerial accounting specialists are involved in internal auditing, cost accounting, budgeting, Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance, financial forecasting, and financial planning.

Government accountants find job opportunities in government agencies, such as, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Securities and Exchange Commission, and state and local governments.

Forensic accountants find jobs as fraud examiners catching perpetrators of fraud and helping companies to reduce fraud losses by improving internal controls and systems.

Columbus State Community College Accounting Associate Degree helps students to acquire the necessary skills to work in these varied areas of accounting.   

The pay range for graduates has been in the range of $36,000 - $43,000.

Job Titles Associated with Accounting:
Public Accounting

  • Junior Auditor
  • Senior Auditor
  • Accountant I
  • Accountant II
  • Tax Preparer
  • Tax Advisor
  • Accounting Systems Analyst
  • Financial Consultant
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Fraud Examiner

Private Accounting

  • Internal Auditor
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Officer
  • Cost Accountant
  • Budget Analyst

Governmental Accounting

  • Various positions in federal and local government