The 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
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.