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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.

Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.

Programs:

  • CERT: Accounting
  • AA in Accounting
  • MS in Accounting
  • And more...

As the largest private university in North America, University of Phoenix has locations nationwide, and is available online in most countries around the world. Whether you're seeking a college degree at an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level, we can help you reach your academic goal and sooner than you might think.

Programs:

  • BS in Business/Accounting
  • MBA - Accounting
  • BS in Business/Finance
Locations:  Cordova

We Change Lives...One Person At A Time. ® Start your career education with Daymar College. We offer certificate, diploma, associate, and bachelor degree programs for careers in the business, health care, criminal justice, paralegal studies and computer technology fields.

Programs:

  • Accounting, Diploma
  • Accounting, Associates Degree
Locations:  Bowling Green
Take your career to a whole new level with a degree from Everest Institute. Programs available in Accounting, Paralegal, Business Administration and more.

Programs:

  • Business Accounting (Diploma)
Locations:  Columbus

Get hands-on training with South Texas Vocational Technical Institute. We offer a number of diploma programs in the skilled trades and health and wellness fields at our campuses in Weslaco, Corpus Christi, McAllen, San Antonio, and Brownsville, Texas.

Programs:

  • Computer Accounting Specialist
Locations:  McAllen
Successful careers begin at the Milan Institute. We offer quality hands-on training, experienced faculty and a staff committed to helping you realize your goals.

Programs:

  • Accounting
Locations:  Palm Desert

Get hands-on training with Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute. Our campuses in New York and Connecticut can help give you career training in a wide variety of fields, including accounting, cosmetology, criminal justice, electrical systems technology, HVAC, IT, legal assisting, massage therapy, allied health, office administration, and more.

Programs:

  • Accounting - Day
  • Accounting - Eve
Locations:  New London
In response to the demand of Florida's rapidly growing population, City College is focused on, and committed to, providing the best in business and career education.

Programs:

  • Accounting
Locations:  Fort Lauderdale

Keiser University offers accredited degree programs in today's in demand careers: Healthcare, Technology, Paralegal, Business, Nursing and Legal Studies.

Programs:

  • Accounting, BA (Online Only)
  • Accounting, AA
Locations:  Sarasota
Don't wait another day to take the next step forward in your career. Kaplan University can give you the real-world knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your chosen field.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting : Public Accountancy
  • Master of Science : Accounting - Finance Specialization
  • Bachelor of Science: Accounting
  • And more...
Locations:  Cedar Rapids
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