Accounting


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

Places to Seek Employment

  • Accounting Firms
  • Sole Practitioners
  • Companies (all sizes and injuries)
  • Universities & Colleges
  • Government Agencies
  • Not-for-profit Organizations
  • Religious Organizations
  • Hospitals 

Job and Internship Search Resources


Career Exploration Hub

Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
     
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
     
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
     
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
     
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
     
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
     
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
     
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
     
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
     
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.