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Four Common Types of Accounting

A career in accounting is not necessarily predictable. There are different types of accounting, and depending on your skills and your interests, you may find the most career growth in any one of them. You might be a CPA giving tax advice to hundreds of clients, or you might be an internal auditor combing your company's records for mistakes.

The US Department of Labor defines four major types of accounting:

1. Public Accounting
Many public accountants are CPAs (Certified Public Accountants) and work with clients to issue educated tax advice. Other public accountants work with larger companies, advising on business decisions and transactions. Some handle other corporate issues like insurance and benefits. Public accounting encompasses a wide range of accounting roles.

2. Management Accounting
Management accountants work for corporations and perform cost accounting, maintain their financial records, and perform financial analysis. They are also called "corporate accountants." Budgeting can also play a large part of management accountants' role within a corporation.

3. Government Accounting
Government accountants maintain the financial records of government agencies, audit businesses and organizations that are bound by federal regulation, and some work for the Internal Revenue Service. Government budgeting and cost analysis play a large part of government accounting.

4. Internal Auditing
Given the array of financial scandals during the last decade, this particular type of accounting is experiencing increased scrutiny, growth, and federal regulation. As companies are bound by stricter financial laws, internal auditors become even more essential in the effort to maintain financial integrity within an organization. Internal auditors perform audits on their company's financial records, ensuring their quality and legality.

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.


  • Master of Accountancy
Locations:  New Port Richey

The Berkeley Advantage®is part of a proven approach to career-focused education that can help students prepare for success.


  • BS, Accounting
  • BS, Bus Admin-Accounting
  • AAS, Financial Services
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Locations:  Newark

Everest University Online, a Division of Everest University, makes career training convenient and accessible. With courses tailored for working students and others who need a more flexible class schedule.


  • Accounting (Associate's)

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

A liberal arts institution with 16 colleges and schools, Liberty offers programs in fields such as medicine, religion, law, aviation, cinematic arts, psychology, business, and more. Part of the Big South Conference, Liberty fields 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams and 32 Club Sports teams, offering fans an unparalleled college sports experience.


  • MS in Accounting
  • MBA - Accounting
  • DBA in Accounting
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Since 1866, Davenport University has been providing students with real-world experience, giving them the edge they need to get the career they want.                                            
Our goal is to offer guaranteed job placement to most of our students by 2020.                    


  • Accounting, BBA
  • Managerial Accounting, GRC
  • Master of Accountancy, MAcc
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At Kaplan University, we offer over 180 degree and certificate programs. With three different ways to learn, you can choose the format that works best for you:

  • Study wherever you have an Internet connection, because almost all of our courses are 100% online, or
  • Take campus-based classes(with day and evening options available), or
  • Combine campus learning with online classes (blended).


  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting : Public Accountancy
  • Master of Science : Accounting - Finance Specialization
  • Bachelor of Science: Accounting
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Locations:  Omaha

Sullivan University is a private institution of higher learning dedicated to providing educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of its students.


  • Associate of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance
Locations:  Lexington

Centura College, with campus locations in Virginia, South Carolina and Florida, is dedicated to helping students gain the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed. Drawing from over 30 years of career school experience.


  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business-Concentration in Accounting Administration
Locations:  Chesapeake

Miami-Jacobs Career College (MJCC) has a history of helping students succeed through hands-on education and career training.  Our faculty and staff work to ensure that when you’ve completed your program, you’re truly ready to begin your career.

Miami-Jacobs Career College (MJCC) will help you choose your ideal career before you get started and assist with real-world employment after you’re done with school.  We have a wide range of resources to help you every step of the way.



  • Accounting - Associate of Applied Business
Locations:  Columbus

Concordia College-New York M.S. Degree Programs Online

Concordia College-New York offers accredited, innovative graduate degrees online to help you advance your career and become a transformative leader. We provide an online graduate experience that combines academic excellence with faith-based values to create ethical, effective leaders ready to improve their workplaces, their communities, and the world at large. Concordia New York is an accredited, nonprofit college with an academic tradition dating back more than 130 years. We offer a quality, affordable education that separates true innovation from trends, and best practices from buzzwords.


  • M.S. in Accounting
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