Accounting is a crucial part of any organization: private, public or non-profit. Understanding and analyzing financial statements, interpreting accounting data, using accounting information and understanding tax consequences provides value-adding information for decision-making. Moreover, ethical accounting practices not only stabilize a company but ensure a strong financial future.
The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business’ Accounting Major prepares students for the many careers available by revealing the diverse opportunities in accounting through academic study, extracurricular activities and internships. Students pursuing the Accounting Major are encouraged to join and explore networking opportunities made available through the program.
What can I do with a career in accounting?
Accounting offers a wide array of career opportunities. Chief financial officers develop the budget forecasting and strategic financial planning for a company. Many accounting majors own their own business. Auditors examine the financial statements and internal controls of large corporations, often serving as consultants in major firms such as Ernst & Young or Deloitte. Accounting majors, with their strong analytical and technology skills, often become CEOs. Students often find that an accounting degree opens many doors in a variety of fields.
Because of the many possible careers in the accounting field, there is also a broad spectrum of salaries attainable. Students should review the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook for detailed information regarding the accounting field or a specific career title. While salary is certainly not the only reason to choose a career, it is a very important part of planning your career path.
Finally, the Baker School of Business Accounting Major provides a strong foundation for those interested in professional certifications such as the Certified Management Accountant, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Forensic Accountant, etc 
 CPA Certification Many states and jurisdictions, including South Carolina, require 150 semester hours of education, in both accounting and non-accounting courses, to qualify for CPA certification. The requirements for licensure vary from state to state. Students should check with the State Board of Accountancy of the state in which they wish to practice to determine the requirements to sit for the CPA exam and to be licensed as a CPA.