Skip to main content
Sign In

Accounting Careers | Career choices for accounting graduates

Since all organizations and businesses require accounting systems, the range of employers is endless. CPA firms are a choice of some, with the Big Four being common employers. Hiring for those firms usually takes place in the fall for positions starting the following summer. Federal, state and local government agencies also offer a wide range of opportunities.

Accounting careers require individuals who are detail-oriented and who are able to effectively organize, analyze, and interpret numerical data. You may be asked to solve quantitative problems or explain complex financial data to others. The following personal attributes are often evident in those who select an accounting or finance field: analytical, logical, decisive, thorough, patient, resourceful, and achievement-oriented.

Career Options

  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Banker
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget Accountant
  • Controller
  • Cost Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Internal Auditor
  • Internal Revenue Agent
  • Investment Banker
  • Management Accountant
  • Public Accountant
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Research Analyst
  • Tax Accountant
  • Treasurer
  • Underwriter

Some of these career options may require additional training and/or education.

Business Career Connections

The Business Career Connections (BCC) office assists Business School graduate students by developing partnerships with local employers. The office facilitates introductions and provides personalized support in the job search process.

Designed to supplement existing services available through the Career Center, BCC takes professional connections to the next level. It is a resource for networking students with strategic employers in the business community. Due to its relationships, BCC is constantly aware of new-to-the-market job openings and can help connect students to internships, part-time and full-time career​ opportunities.


© The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate. All rights reserved.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. All trademarks are registered property of the University. Used by permission only.