Description of the major
This major helps students prepare for careers in public, industrial, or governmental accounting and also provides an appropriate background for those planning to enter law school or graduate school. Public accounting is carried on by independent practitioners, most of whom are certified public accountants. In addition to independent audits, CPAs render accounting, tax, and management advisory services. The credit requirements to sit for the CPA examination in Pennsylvania and many other states are automatically met by completing the prescribed curriculum. The industrial accountant, as an executive in a business firm, is in charge of designing and supervising the financial and managerial accounting system, including the preparation and analysis of reports. Many are now taking the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. Governmental accountants occupy positions in federal, state, and local government and perform services similar to those of public or industrial accountants.
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