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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.

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:

  • B.S. in Accounting
  • M.S. in Accountancy
  • A.A. in Accounting Fundamentals
  • And more...
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

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.                    

Programs:

  • Accounting Information Management, BBA
  • Accounting, ABA
  • Accounting Fraud Investigation, BBA
  • And more...
Advance your career with Indiana Wesleyan University. We offer bachelor's and master's degree programs in the arts and sciences, nursing, business, criminal justice, education, theology, and much more.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Associate of Science in Accounting
Locations:  Cleveland
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:  Miami
TCI College of Technology is a New York City based technical school that can train you for rewarding careers in fields like web site design, health information technology, electronics engineering technology, and more.

Programs:

  • Accounting Technology
  • Business Administration
Locations:  New York

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...
Pursue your degree with Colorado State University Global Campus. We offer bachelor's and master's degree programs in healthcare administration and management that can be completed 100% online.

Programs:

  • Master - Professional Accounting
  • BS - Accounting
  • Master - Finance

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

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).

Programs:

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