Career Ideas & Resources

A career in accounting or finance has many different avenues and opportunities. A common misperception is that accounting and finance professionals merely push numbers around all day. Some days might seem like this, but more often we're analyzing, understanding, and presenting the numbers along with the "why" and "therefore" related to them. Quantitative and logic skills are an important beginning but the next step is communication and creativity in putting the numbers to use. Often the skills and knowledge are progressive or transferable among a variety of career paths and positions. A few of the more common titles or specializations of accounting and finance professionals are:

Accounting Manager
Banking, Commercial
Banking, Retail
Budget Analyst
Cash Management
Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Computer Information Systems (CIS)
Cost Accountant
Education and Training
Enrolled Agent (EA)
Financial Advisor
Financial Analyst
Financial Planning

Financial Reporting
Forensic Accounting
Government Accounting
Human Resources
Information Technology (IT)
Internal Auditor
International Accounting
Investment Banker
Investment Manager
Investor Relations
Litigation Support
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Not-for-Profit Accounting
Payroll, Compensation and Benefits specialist
Portfolio Manager
Public Accounting
Research and Academia
Securities Analyst
Stock Broker
Tax Compliance
Tax Planning

Career Links

Here are some sites to help you strategize as you plan and prepare for your next career move.

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Richard N. Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?, has developed Job Hunting on the Internet,a companion to his book.

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