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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.
Get started on a career in the business or health care fields at Southern Careers Institute. Our programs provide students with the focused, hands-on learning that can really make a difference.

Programs:

  • Business Accounting Specialist
Locations:  San Antonio

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

Programs:

  • BS, Accounting
  • BS, Bus Admin-Accounting
  • AAS, Bus Admin-Accounting
Locations:  Little Falls

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...
Harris School of Business offers career-focused education that gives you the skills you need to make the leap into your new career.

Programs:

  • Computerized Accounting Technology
Locations:  Trenton

At Broadveiw University, we prepare students for exciting careers in high-value fields. Imagine getting paid for what you love doing. It all starts with career-based training at Broadview University.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Forensic Accounting
  • Associate in Applied Science in Accounting
Locations:  Orem

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:  Port Saint Lucie
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No matter what occupation you choose to pursue, the competition for a good job is fierce. Lansdale School of Business (LSB) can help you stand out from the rest by teaching you the specific skills you need to succeed in the career you desire.

Programs:

  • Diploma-Accounting Specialist
  • Associate Degree-Accounting Management
Locations:  North Wales
South College, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, can help you achieve your goals. We offer a small college environment, quality programs, and flexible day, evening, or Saturday classes.

Programs:

  • Associate of Science - Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration with Concentration in Accounting
Locations:  Knoxville
Get your career started with Hunter Business School.

Programs:

  • Computerized Accounting
Locations:  Levittown

Career Quest Learning Centers offers programs in business, information technology, and health care that are designed to get you into your new career fast.

Programs:

  • Business Administration - Accounting (AAS)
Locations:  Lansing
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