Career Options

Careers for Accounting Majors

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Tax Consultant
  • Government: IRS or FBI agent, forensic accountant
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Trusted Business Advisor
  • Controller

Starting Salary 1

The typical starting salary for a CPA (or CPA eligible graduate) is between $50,000-$65,000, depending on the size of the firm.

Job Titles of People with Accounting Degrees

  • Tax Associate, RSM McGladrey
  • Chief Operating Officer, National Trust Community Investment Corporation
  • Managing Director, Beacon Hill Financial
  • Corporate Director of Accounting, Hostmark Hospitality Group
  • President and Chief Operating Officer, Financial Accounting Standards Board
  • Audit Partner, Ernst & Young, Retail, Consumer Products Practice
  • Vice President and Group Controller, CNN Worldwide
  • Managing Partner, KPMG, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Director of TV and Cable Productions, Walt Disney Studios
  • Treasurer and Controller, Penske Corporation

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.


  1. Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit
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