8 Things to Love About the Accounting Profession

by Sarah L. O’Rourke, CPA, Rutgers Business School | October 27, 2023

While there are many great majors and career paths to choose from, most anyone in our profession will tell you that accounting is one solid choice. What makes it so?

  1. Endless career options. Public accounting, private or corporate accounting, internal audit, governmental accounting, forensic accounting and more are all fields that are open to you! There is no shortage of work, and if you find yourself headed down one career path and then decide you want to change things up, it’s relatively easy to do so.  Even within each area of accounting, there are many options. For example, public accounting offers audit, tax, advisory and consulting, among other options, at both larger and midsize firms.
  2. Endless industry options. What do a restaurant, a bank, a pharmaceutical company and a software company all have in common? The need for accountants and accounting services! Your accounting training allows you to work in an endless number of industries. Companies need services such as audit, tax and financial planning and they all also need their own books and records kept.
  3. The opportunity to help people. Accounting is an area where many people need help.  Finances and taxes can be intimidating and confusing for many clients. You can do this work for someone and relieve the stress over it, all while providing a better understanding. But accounting is more than just the opportunity to help someone with work that must be done. Accountants help to improve the lives of individuals and businesses alike. Accountants help their clients better manage their businesses and become more profitable, and they help them to save money and make better decisions. Within accounting, there are many opportunities to truly help people and make a positive impact on their lives, which is extremely rewarding.
  4. Work-life balance. While public accounting has a reputation for long hours, this is true of any profession; almost any field will involve overtime at some point. However, most firms and companies these days recognize the importance of work-life balance. Employers acknowledge that well-rested employees who are satisfied with their personal time will contribute more to the business. In addition, many accounting jobs offer the flexibility to work from home and create your own schedule at times. Specifically, public accounting lends itself quite well to remote work and a flexible schedule. Some firms may even offer part-time options.
  5. Good pay and benefits. Accounting jobs tend to come with better salaries and benefits than what is offered in many other professions (knowledgeable accountants would accept no less, after all), with the potential for upward movement and salary increases.
  6. Skills that transfer to your personal life. Accounting is very useful in business and as a career field, but these skills are valuable and conveniently transferrable to your own personal life and finances. Basic financial literacy and money management skills aid in your own personal financial planning and success, as well.
  7. Learning an actual job skill in the classroom. As accounting students in college, the topics you learn in the classroom are immediately transferrable to the workplace. You are learning real job skills, not merely concepts and theories. Accounting classes are basically job training.
  8. The CPA license itself. The CPA designation is a well-respected credential that is widely recognized. The CPA is one of the most well-recognized designations there is!

With so many things to love about the profession, who wouldn’t want to become an accountant?

To learn more about the requirements to become a CPA and the rewards of a CPA career, visit njcpa.org/becomeacpa.

Sarah L. O'Rourke

Sarah L. O'Rourke

Sarah L. O’Rourke, CPA, is an assistant professor of professional practice in the Department of Accounting & Information Systems at Rutgers Business School-New Brunswick. She is a member of the NJCPA and can be reached at slilley@business.rutgers.edu.

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