Accounting

Description:

Accounting is the language of business. An accounting degree opens the door to a variety of career opportunities. The Accounting Program prepares students for a wide range of professional opportunities, including positions in public and corporate accounting, as well as non-profit firms. Many accounting students pursue graduate programs en route to achieving licensure as Certified Public Accountants or other professional certifications.

General Interest Area

All entities, including profit-seeking businesses, not-for-profit entities, social organizations, and governments must develop accounting systems, maintain accounting records, and prepare financial reports. Accountants are interested in generating information required to manage an entity and comply with external reporting requirements. Accountants enjoy being involved in analyzing thought-provoking problems, generating potential solutions, and communicating alternatives to decision-makers. Accountants often advance to top managerial posts because they develop an understanding of financial details and a broad understanding of the strategic objectives of an organization. If you are detail oriented and interested in using summarized information to make decisions, accounting may be the major for you.

High School Background:

Students possessing good analytical and communications skills make the best professional accountants. Most successful accounting students performed well in high school mathematics and English courses. Success in high school algebra is especially indicative of future success in accounting. Accountants must understand how the financial and operating aspects of a business are interrelated and they must be able to communicate understandably (orally and in writing) with decision makers.

Plan of Study:

Students possessing good analytical and communications skills make the best professional accountants. Most successful accounting students performed well in high school mathematics and English courses. Success in high school algebra is especially indicative of future success in accounting. Accountants must understand how the financial and operating aspects of a business are interrelated and they must be able to communicate understandably (orally and in writing) with decision makers.

How to get Involved:

Contact Dr. Mike Davis, Accounting Program Director (474-5872, ffmld1@uaf.edu), or stop by to see him at room 225E in the Bunnell building. If he is not in, any other member of the Accounting Program faculty would also be pleased to assist you as you consider a possible major in accounting. The Accounting Program is known throughout Alaska for the high quality of its graduates. We hope you will consider becoming one of them!

Career and Graduate Possibilites:

Accounting remains a fast route to the top echelons of the business community, especially in Alaska where there will always be a strong demand for business professionals. It is also a great springboard to many related careers. While most of our graduates go into public accounting where they receive a diversity of experience working with many different clients, other graduates accept rewarding positions with corporate or governmental organizations. The Accounting Program and Career Services host Accounting Week each October and most senior accounting students accept permanent positions with firms before leaving for the Holiday Break. See the list of Employers of UAF Accounting Graduates to see where recent UAF’s accounting graduates have gone to work. Regardless of where they go, accounting graduates earn starting salaries that consistently rank near the top of all graduates at UAF. Graduates who earn their CPA license enjoy even more extensive career opportunities, which can include tax planning, personal investment advising, management, or consulting. Many organizations throughout Alaska are managed by our graduates.

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