Career Prospects for Accounting Graduates

Brandon Belanger of Walnut Creek, California, serves as a senior audit associate with the financial services firm of Rothstein Kass. Brandon Belanger, Walnut Creek resident, holds a certified public accountant credential as well as a bachelor of science in accounting from California State University, East Bay.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting stands out as an extremely promising career in terms of potential growth. At the time of its 2010 calculation, the bureau projected a 15.7 percent increase in available jobs before the year 2020. This indicates that nearly 191,000 new jobs will become available within that time frame.

Additionally, the profession of accounting offers a wide variety of opportunities for qualified candidates. Those who become Certified Public Accountants can secure well-paid jobs in many different types of offices, from large corporations to small nonprofits. Accountants may also choose to serve the public, in which role they typically offer tax preparation services as well as financial records auditing and consulting. Opportunities also exist in government and in forensic accounting, which focuses on identifying fraud and other illegal financial activity.