Explore a Career in Accounting

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Description of the Major
Skills Needed
Sample Occupations
Professional Associations
Student Clubs

Description of the Major

Career opportunities for accountants are many and varied from public practice to business/industry to government. Accountants perform a variety of services for their employers and clients from internal and external auditing to tax services to consulting. Accountants often lead the way in communicating a company’s financial position and performance to management, shareholders, regulatory agencies and other decision makers.

Today’s demand for accurate and honest financial reporting fosters an unprecedented need for accountants in industry, government, and not-for-profit entities. The degree prepares you for a career in such areas as financial and managerial accounting, auditing and forensic investigation, taxation, and accounting information systems.

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Skills Needed

  • Accounting: Extensive knowledge of accounting field, principles
  • Analytical skills: Quantitative skills; ability to work well with numbers
  • English language proficiency
  • Clerical operations: Office experience, protocol
  • Computer software: Microsoft Office (Especially Word, Excel, and Access), basic accounting software (Quickbooks)
  • Customer service: Ability to work well with clients and partners; communication skills
  • Teamwork: Ability to work well with others; delegate tasks; deliver presentations
  • Time management: Ability to work under tight deadlines; handle multiple tasks/assignments
  • Legal practices/code: Working knowledge of auditing codes and other financial practices/guidelines
   

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Sample Occupations

(Connected to the Bureau of Labor and Statistic’s online Occupational Outlook Handbook)

  • Accountant (Including Public, Management and Government Accountants)
  • Actuaries
  • Auditor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Claims Examiner and Investigator
  • Cost Estimator
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Examiner
  • Loan Counselor
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Revenue Agent
  • Tax Examiner
  • Treasurer/Controller

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Sample Professional Associations

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Student Clubs

  • Beta Alpha Psi, Accounting Honors Society
  • Mason Accounting Society
  • National Association of Black Accountants

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George Mason University School of Business

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 15 percent of all AACSB accredited business schools, the School of Business is one of only 10 percent of business schools worldwide that is accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

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Fairfax
Arlington

Herndon

Main Campus
School of Business
4400 University Drive, MS 1B1
Enterprise Hall
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-993-1880

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