Is a Career in Accounting Right for Me?
Accounting is a highly diversified field providing many employment opportunities in both public and private sectors. A vital part of any organization, accountants are not only responsible for maintaining accurate financial records but also assisting in organizational planning. Accountants may choose to work in a specialized field, seek employment in a variety of organizations, or open their own accounting firm.
Accountants play a vital role in all organizations. They must maintain accurate accounting and financial records and ensure that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants also help organizations plan for the future, by assessing financial operations and communicating strategies to help organizations run efficiently. They record and communicate the results of operations and prepare and interpret financial statements. They advise management in their planning, directing and coordinating efforts. They advance through organizations to become accounting managers, budget directors, controllers, treasurers, financial vice presidents, chief financial officers, corporation presidents, and internal auditors. They have the opportunity to obtain professional certification and designations such as CPA, CFP, CFE, CMA and CIA.
If you stay organized, remain calm under pressure, communicate well with others, are detail oriented and analytical, and have good time management skills, then a career in accounting might be the right career choice for you.
What is the Accounting Career Outlook?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024*, faster than the average for all occupations. Globalization, a growing overall economy, and an increasingly complex tax and regulatory environment are expected to lead to strong demand for accountants and auditors.
O*Net Online also has a positive outlook for accounting and related careers. Their website classifies bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerk positions as Bright Outlook occupations**. This means these jobs are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.
A career as an accountant can include positions in business, finance, health care, private industry, not-for-profit organizations, education, government or consulting. It can also include public accounting and specializations in auditing, financial forensics, information technology, personal financial planning, business valuation and tax.
What Can I Do with This Degree?
ACCOUNTING TITLES AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Cost and Managerial Accountant
- General Ledger Accountant
- Chief Accountant
- Corporate Accountant
- Accounting Manager
- Benefits Administrator
- Forensic Accountant
- Fraud Examiner
- Public Accountant
- CPA, CFP, PFS, CFE
- Corporate Controller
- Internal Auditor
- Coordinator of Profit Plans and Budgets
- Financial Analyst
- Tax Accountant
- Trust Accountant
- Estate Planner
- Government Accountant
- CIA, CMA, CGMA
PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYERS
- Manufacturing Firms
- Banks and Trust Firms
- Public Accounting Firms
- Global Business Entities
- Brokerage Firms
- Insurance Companies
- Not-for-Profit Organizations
- Law Firms
- All Businesses
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- State and Local Government Agencies
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- Government Accountability Office (GAO)
What Will I Learn?
You may enter the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program during any semester. A student who attends full time, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically three courses per term, can complete this program in approximately three years.
How is Hodges University’s Accounting Program Different?
Our Program is Accredited
Hodges University has received specialized accreditation for its business and business-related programs through International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Public Administration
- Master of Science in Management
- Bachelor of Science in Accounting
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science in Management
- Associate of Science in Accounting
- Associate in Science in Business Administration
The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program was implemented in September 2013. Programs can be considered for IACBE accreditation after two years of assessment data have been collected and submitted to IACBE with an application for accreditation. Therefore, the MAcc program is not currently accredited by IACBE.
Accounting courses in the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the Master of Accountancy curriculum have been approved by the Florida State Board of Accountancy Curriculum Committee.
Our Cutting Edge Accelerated Curriculum
The Johnson School of Business provides students with a “hands-on” approach to today’s business world with courses taught by experienced accounting, business and finance practitioners with outstanding academic and professional credentials, certifications and professional designations. They bring this unique combination of expertise to the students’ learning experience.
Hodges University offers rigorous specialized instruction designed to prepare students to enter the accounting profession and succeed. In addition to acquiring specialized skill sets and knowledge in accounting theories and topics, students develop the quantitative, analytical, communication, and research skills demanded of accounting professionals in business, public accountancy, and industry today.
Courses in the accounting curriculum are structured in a variety of traditional and accelerated formats. Selected courses are offered online, on campus or in a blended online/in-class format.
Our small class sizes allow for enhanced individual attention. With an average class size of 12 students, you will always receive the assistance and attention you need.
Our faculty members recognize students as individuals with names, not just numbers. Faculty are readily available to meet with students in person, by phone, by email, and through Blackboard virtual office.
Our Johnson School of Business faculty are experienced in the field, providing real-world, applied knowledge to their students. The faculty are experienced accounting, business and finance practitioners, and have outstanding academic and professional credentials, certifications and professional designations. Faculty are sensitive to the unique needs of adult learners as well as traditional and online learners. Faculty provide a learning environment that both excites and motivates students to succeed.
The programs is suitable for either full-time or part-time study. Also, the convenient schedule and the applicability of the learning to the workplace attract full-time working professionals who are interested in pursuing their education without interrupting their careers. The learning is current, streamlined, accelerated, and designed to facilitate success in a rapidly changing and increasingly global work environment.
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- Give you information regarding your orientation.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!