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The field of accounting can broadly be divided into three major career areas:

  1. Public Accounting – external tax, external auditing, and consulting activities
  2. Private Accounting – internal auditing, internal tax, management positions which require an understanding of accounting concepts, general financial manager, comptroller, treasurer, and accounting specific management positions in payroll, tax, accounts payable, and/or accounts receivable
  3. Not-for-Profit and Governmental

Accounting Certifications

In addition, there are many certifications which an accounting student can pursue.  The most common and the website where more information can be obtained are:

Beyond these three certifications, there are many additional certifications in accounting or closely related fields.  A good resource to see what certification might be right for you is to go to the sites: