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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.

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*

Programs:

  • BS in Accounting - Managerial Accountancy
  • BS in Accounting - Public Accountancy
  • MS in Accounting - Finance Specialization
  • And more...

Harrison College prides itself on truly knowing our students -- their lives and families, obstacles and motivations and their dreams and goals. We also know their potential -- that's why for more than 100 years, our mission has been to provide a supportive environment, with the expectation that their success also benefits their families, friends and communities. That's the Harrison Difference.

Programs:

  • Accounting
Locations:  Columbus
South College-Asheville offers a range of career-focused programs designed to help you reach your potential. Program areas include accounting, business administration, medical assisting, criminal justice and more.

Programs:

  • AAS Accounting
Locations:  Asheville

A Rutgers business education prepares students for success – not just in their chosen fields but also in their lives. From our comprehensive undergraduate courses to our highly rated MBA program, a Rutgers education is a life-changing experience that gives the student the skills and knowledge to compete globally while broadening their appreciation for how the world works. Many describe it as one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives – professionally and personally.

Programs:

  • Master of Accountancy in Financial Accounting
  • Master of Accountancy in Professional Accounting
  • MBA in Professional Accounting
  • And more...
Locations:  Newark

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.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Locations:  Sarasota

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Congratulations! Your interest in California College San Diego is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a new career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.

Programs:

  • Business Management & Accounting (AAS)
  • Accounting (BS)
  • Business Management & Accounting - Property Management (AAS)
  • And more...
Locations:  San Marcos
Since its beginnings in 1941, National American University has been a cornerstone of higher education, keeping pace with the ever-changing advancements of technology, while holding onto core values that provide a caring and supportive environment for all students.

Programs:

  • Accounting B.S.
  • Accounting A.A.S.
  • Business Administration Emphasis in Accounting B.S.
  • And more...
Locations:  Sioux Falls
Get your career started with a degree from Elmira Business Institute. Earn your certificate in as little as eight months or your associate's degree in just over a year. We offer programs in accounting, medical assisting, office assisting, office technologies, medical coding and billing, and medical office assisting.

Programs:

  • General Business (Accounting)
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration (Financial Services)
Locations:  Vestal

You’re serious about success. Especially when it comes to pursuing an associate, bachelors or master’s degree you need to move your career forward. At AIU, the Serious U™, classes are taught by industry specialists who bring their real-world perspective to the classroom and will work with you one-on-one when you need it.

Why AIU:

  • Powerful specialized curriculum
    • More courses devoted to your field of interest, on average than at other similar schools
  • Virtual Campus
    • Study anywhere, anytime and the way you learn best
  • Credit for work and military experiences to fulfill degree requirements
    • You can transfer in up to 75% of your qualifying credits saving you up to 75% on your bachelor’s degree
  • Cost and value
    • Our program costs include all required books, materials, and student fees
    • No application cost

American InterContinental University® is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To contact the Higher Learning Commission please visit www.hlcommission.org.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Master of Accounting
Locations:  Atlanta

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.

Programs:

  • Accountancy with a concentration in General Accounting
  • Master of Business Administration, MBA - Accounting
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