What is Accounting?

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accountants and auditors help to ensure that firms are run efficiently, public records kept accurately and taxes paid properly and on time. They analyze and communicate financial information for various entities such as companies, individual clients and Federal, State and Local governments.

Beyond carrying out the fundamental tasks of the occupation—providing information to clients by preparing, analyzing and verifying financial documents—many accountants also offer budget analysis, financial and investment planning, information technology consulting and limited legal services.

Specific job duties vary widely among the four major fields of accounting and auditing: public accounting, management accounting, government accounting and internal auditing.

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Related Career Titles

Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Internal Auditor, Management Accountant, Cost Accountant, Government Accountant, Accounting Officer, Staff Accounting, Accounting Supervisor, General Accountant, Accounting Manager, Business Analyst, Financial Reporting Accountant

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Job Search Engines

Accounting Career Network (ACN) is a nationwide association of independent executive recruiters specializing in accounting job opportunities, audit opportunities and tax opportunities.

Accounting Careers Now exists to provide the best possible information on accounting careers.

Accounting Coach is an accounting community where learning accounting has become fun and interesting. They have created thousands of practice questions using interactive drills and puzzles with immediate feedback. They've been able to answer more than 800 accounting related questions from users of this website in their accounting blog. Join the interaction with more than thousands of people worldwide.

Financial Job Bank offers one of the largest financial job posting databases on the Web. Access their job search engine to find great local job openings in your area of interest or post your résumé and let employers find you!

TweetMyJobs is a revolutionary new job search and recruitment tool. As the leader in social recruiting, they’ll match you with relevant job openings or candidates and help you find jobs or employees faster than traditional methods.

World Newspapers - Magazines was started in 2002 as a provider of what is going on around the world; all in one place. provides links to thousands of news sources covering every world's country and many of subjects that could be of relevance to the job searcher.

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Research Resources

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Black Collegian is a website dedicated to offering free, practical tools for searching and applying for jobs with employers who are interested in recruiting a diverse workforce.

Careers in Accounting is designed to help job seekers select a satisfying career in the accounting world. This site has received more than 10 million unique visitors since its inception and today is one of the most popular sites on the Web for information about accounting.

Degree Story allows anyone with school or job experience to share things they've learned, observations they've made, or anything else they'd like to say about the degree they chose. For anyone researching degree options, they can easily look up different degrees and read stories from real people with those degrees about their school and job experiences.

Federal Occupations by College Major - USAJobs has created a list to help you choose the right career field, we have prepared the following table that groups Federal jobs that are often filled by college graduates with appropriate academic majors.

H & R Block is one of the world's largest tax service providers operating in more than 12,000 offices in the U.S. and more than 1,300 locations in Canada and Australia.

The Institute of Internal Auditors is where accounting professionals go if they are looking to launch their internal audit career or are seeking qualified employees. The IIA's Audit Career Center is a proven source for résumé posting and focused candidate searches.

Robert Half is the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm. Their divisions place professionals on a temporary, temporary-to-hire and full-time basis in the accounting and finance, technology, office administration, legal and creative, marketing and design fields.

Start Here, Go Places is sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and is the national professional organization for Certified Public Accountants. It's where CPAs come to stay current on the latest news, meet other CPAs and get whatever they need to be of service to the world. It is also where students go to jump-start their careers.

TweetMyJobs is a revolutionary new job search and recruitment tool. As the leader in social recruiting, they’ll match you with relevant job openings or candidates and help you find jobs or employees faster than traditional methods.

World Newspapers - Magazines was started in 2002 as a provider of what is going on around the world; all in one place. provides links to thousands of news sources covering every world's country and many of subjects that could be of relevance to the job searcher.

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Salary Information

Salary Information

Career earnings provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition provides an unlimited amount of useful information regarding career trends and fields.

The Robert Half Salary Center includes in-depth information about emerging hiring trends based on current research done by Robert Half.

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National/State Associations


American Accounting Association promotes worldwide excellence in accounting education, research and practice.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, nonprofit organizations and federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination. Members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting; membership is also available to accounting students and CPA candidates.

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education.

Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants is the only statewide association of Connecticut that promotes and supports state CPAs through advocacy, community and education.

The Institute of Internal Auditors is an international professional association with global headquarters in Altamonte Springs, Florida. The IIA is the internal audit profession's global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate and principal educator. Generally, members work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, information technology audit, education and security.

Institute of Management Accountants is the worldwide association for accountants and financial professionals working in business. IMA promotes knowledge and professionalism among cost accountants and fosters a wider understanding of the role of cost accounting in management.

National Association of Tax Professionals provides support, education, products and services professionals need in order to succeed in the tax profession.

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State Accounting Associations

Alabama Society of CPAs

Alaska Society of CPAs

Arizona Society of CPAs

Arkansas Society of CPAs

California Society of CPAs

Colorado Society of CPAs

Connecticut Society of CPAs

Delaware Society of CPAs

Florida Institute of CPAs

Georgia Society of CPAs

Hawaii Society of CPAs

Idaho Society of CPAs

Illinois CPA Society

Indiana CPA Society

Iowa Society of CPAs

Kansas Society of CPAs

Kentucky Society of CPAs

Louisiana Society of CPAs

Maine Society of CPAs

Maryland Association of CPAs

Massachusetts Society of CPAs

Michigan Association of CPAs

Minnesota Society of CPAs

Mississippi Society of CPAs

Missouri Society of CPAs

Montana Society of CPAs

Nebraska Society of CPAs

Nevada Society of CPAs

New Hampshire Society of CPAs

New Jersey Society of CPAs

New Mexico Society of CPAs

New York State Society of CPAs

North Carolina Association of CPAs

North Dakota CPA Society

Ohio Society of CPAs

Oklahoma Society of CPAs

Oregon Society of CPAs

Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs

Rhode Island Society of CPAs

South Carolina Association of CPAs

South Dakota CPA Society

Tennessee Society of CPAs

Texas Society of CPAs

Utah Association of CPAs

Vermont Society of CPAs

Virgin Islands Society of CPAs

Virginia Society of CPAs

Washington Society of CPAs

Washington D.C. Society of CPAs (GWSCPA)

West Virginia Society of CPAs

Wisconsin Institute of CPAs

Wyoming Society of CPAs

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State Boards of Accountancy

Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy
Alaska Board of Public Accountancy
Arizona State Board of Accountancy
Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy
California Board of Accountancy
Colorado State Board of Accountancy
Connecticut State Board of Accountancy
Delaware State Board of Accountancy
District of Columbia Board of Accountancy
Florida Board of Accountancy
Georgia Board of Accountancy
Guam Board of Accountancy
Hawaii Board of Public Accountancy
Idaho State Board of Accountancy
Illinois Board of Examiners
Illinois Department of Financial And Professional Regulation Public Accountancy Section
Indiana Board of Accountancy
Iowa Accountancy Examining Board
Kansas Board of Accountancy
Kentucky Board of Accountancy
State Board of CPAs of Louisiana
Maine Board of Accountancy
Maryland Board of Public Accountancy
Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy
Michigan Board of Accountancy
Minnesota Board of Accountancy
Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy
Missouri State Board of Accountancy
Montana Board of Public Accountants
Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy
Nevada State Board of Accountancy
New Hampshire Board of Accountancy
New Jersey State Board of Accountancy
New Mexico Public Accountancy Board
New York State Board for Public Accountancy
North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners
North Dakota State Board of Accountancy
Accountancy Board of Ohio
Oklahoma Accountancy Board
Oregon Board of Accountancy
Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy
Rhode Island Board of Accountancy
South Carolina Board of Accountancy
South Dakota Board of Accountancy
Tennessee State Board of Accountancy
Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
Utah Board of Accountancy
Vermont Board of Public Accountancy
Virgin Islands Board of Public Accountancy
Virginia Board of Accountancy
Washington State Board of Accountancy
West Virginia Board of Accountancy
Wisconsin Accounting Examining Board
Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants
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