Accountants generally work in one of four major areas. Public accountants are employed primarily in auditing, taxation or consulting businesses. Management accountants provide financial guidance and planning for a company. Government accountants maintain and examine the records of government agencies and audit private businesses that are subject to government regulations. Internal auditors review their company's operations.
Associate in Applied Science Degrees:
Certificates of Achievement:
Professional Certification Opportunities:
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – To sit for the CPA examination in Illinois, the candidate must have 150 hours of acceptable college level education, including at least a bachelor's degree. Twenty-four semester hours must be in accounting; an additional 24 hours in business courses are required.
- Certified Management Accountant (CMA) - The CMA is a national program with no state affiliates. The candidate must have senior standing at an accredited college or university, hold a baccalaureate degree in any field, or have passed a state CPA examination. Anyone who has passed a state CPA exam is given credit for part two of the CMA exam.
- Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) - The FPC is open to all those who wish to demonstrate a baseline of payroll competency. The FPC is designed for entry-level payroll professionals and professionals serving the payroll industry.