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As an accounting student at KU, you will prepare to work in fields including industry, nonprofit, government, higher education or public accounting. You will receive a well-rounded education in business, as well as specified training in accounting. Supplement your major with a concentration to give you specialized training in an area of interest and to make you more competitive in the job market.​

Accounting Department website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Communicate clearly to convey relevant financial and non-financial information so that decisions makers can formulate informed decisions 
  • Employ national, international, and historical perspectives to analyze accounting and business issues 
  • Identify ethical issues associated with accounting and business situations and apply appropriate principles of ethics and civic responsibility 
  • Demonstrate technical competence in financial accounting, taxation, and auditing 
  • Understand accounting technologies 
  • Work effectively in a team environment to generate an acceptable solution to an accounting problem 

Popular Career Paths

Internal Accounting: Involves tracking all of a company’s activities, including purchases, sales, employee payment, and pension management

Public Accounting: Looks at companies from the outside to ensure that their accounting practices are producing accurate information

Jobs to Consider

Internal Auditor

Tax Associate

Audit Associate

Forensic/Investigative Accountant

IT Services

Personal Financial Planner

Estate Planner

Financial Reporter

Cost Accountant

Tax Planner

Budget Analyst

Record Keeper

Forensic Accountant



Places to Seek Employment

Accounting Firms

Sole Practitioners

Companies (all sizes and injuries)

Universities & Colleges

Government Agencies

Not-for-profit Organizations

Religious Organizations



View specific employers by state.

Employment Strategies

  1. Get experience through an internship or other relevant part-time or summer work.
  2. Conduct informational discussions with individuals from industry. The Alumni Directories in the BCSC provide a great place to start.
  3. Participate in a job shadowing experience through Jayhawks on the Job or a company visit through a Friday Field Trip. Both are programs coordinated through the BCSC.
  4. Attend the Accounting Reception held every fall and Business Career Fair events each September to talk with hiring organizations and industry representatives from Accounting.
  5. Join a student organization such as Beta Alpha Psi, Delta Sigma Pi, Tax Club, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Preparation), Alpha Kappa Psi, or ABWA (American Business Women’s Association). These and other organizations will facilitate career exploration.
  6. Engage in personal networking to enhance employment prospects.
  7. Develop skills including: customer focus, problem solving, self-direction, team orientation, analysis, communication skills, critical thinking, and high ethical standards.

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