Career Path: Accounting

“If you’re doing something you love, it doesn’t feel like work.” - Sara Bowen’01


Accountants create financial reports for firms and individuals, monitor financial outlooks, and examine financial documents. Their main goal is to help companies and organizations meet the requirements and standards set by the government and certain industries. Accounting professionals work in nearly every sector of the economy, even entrepreneurially as personal financial advisors, certified public accountants (CPAs), or financial planners.

Facts & Figures

Figures taken from GlassDoor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Number of Jobs in 2020: 1,392,200
  • Job outlook: 7% (2020-2030)
  • Starting salary: $70,387/yr
  • Mid-career salary: $92,957/yr
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Soft Skills

  • Analytical & Quantitative Skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Creative Problem Solving

Technical Skills & Credentials

  • Softwares: Quickbooks, Onesource, Prosystem engagement, advanced Excel
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certification
  • Master of Accountancy recommended

How to Get Started

  1. Take Beloit College courses in Financial Accounting and Business Finance.
  2. Talk with your advisor and Economics & Business faculty:
  3. Connect with Beloit Alumni in accounting careers.
  4. Visit Career Works.

Alumni Stories

Henry Jacobsen ’19

Leverage my skills athletically and academically at Beloit

Henry Jacobsen ’19 came to Beloit with a passion for football and high hopes for professional career preparation. He is now applying the lessons and experiences derived from Beloit’s commitment to high standards and performance mimics to his role as a Transfer Pricing Senior at EY.


Accounting: Interesting Facts of the Tax Field

Raymond Thomas ’13 proved that mastering in tax can be more interesting than you think it is.


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