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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.
At Everest University you can get a higher education designed to meet the demands of employers in some of today's hottest fields.

Programs:

  • Accounting
Locations:  Tampa

Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose. Our 20,000 alumni, from more than 110 countries, are changing the world as accomplished professionals. Named a top-15 school nationally for online bachelor's programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2015), Regent is among the most affordable undergraduate Christian colleges (CCCU 2015). Fully accredited, challenging programs are available online and on campus. New classes begin every eight weeks.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business - Accounting
  • Master of Business Administration in Accounting
  • And more...

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
  • BS in Accounting
  • And more...

For more than 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, career-focused education in fields such as health care, business, criminal justice and information technology.  Our one-class-at-a-time schedules allow busy students to focus on their education and balance the demands of work and family.  Whether you choose to attend online, on campus, or both you will be part of a caring learning environment led by experienced faculty who bring textbooks to life with real-world challenges and solutions.  Our unique combination of a curriculum that is in pace with technology and the skills employers value along with our “students first” approach provides an outstanding academic experience. 

Programs:

  • Accounting, BA (Online Only)
  • Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting (Online Only)
Locations:  Pembroke Pines
Take your career to a whole new level with a degree from Everest Institute. Programs available in Accounting, Paralegal, Business Administration and more.

Programs:

  • Accounting (Diploma)
  • Accounting (Associate's)
Locations:  South Plainfield

Potomac Gives You More Ways to Get Ahead

When everything counts – time, career, convenience, cost, lifestyle, education, dreams - we are counting on you! Take charge of your future! University of the Potomac (formerly Potomac College) will help you dream it and redeem it with affordable, real world, education to land the career you deserve.

Programs:

  • Accounting-Management-B.S.
  • Business-Accounting-B.S.
  • Accounting-Healthcare Management-B.S.
  • And more...
Locations:  Washington
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:  Sparks
Asher College… because it’s about the results.
 
Life can come at us from all angles. At Asher College, we know this. And we know that your circumstances, goals, and ambitions are unique to you. That’s why our career training programs offer scheduling options designed to fit around the demands of your life. When you graduate from Asher College, you can take the education and credentials you earn out into the professional world.

Programs:

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping - Certification
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping - Certification and Associate of Applied Science
Locations:  Sacramento

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education. That’s why we offer a wide range of quality Certificate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in a highly interactive online format that emphasizes flexibility, convenience, and support. Whichever program you choose, you can take classes in 8-week modules, six times a year from faculty members with advanced degrees and extensive real-world experience. You’ll also enjoy access to a full array of academic support services, including advising, tutoring, writing center assistance, and our virtual library at no additional charge.

Programs:

  • A.S. in Accounting
  • B.S. in Accounting
  • B.S. in Business Administration - Accounting
  • And more...
Develop the skills to succeed in today's highly competitive business environment. Everest College can prepare you for a rewarding career in some of today's hottest fields.

Programs:

  • Diploma - Accounting
Locations:  Newport News
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