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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.

Further your education at Rasmussen College.Choose from seven schools of study including programs in business, nursing, technology, and more. You could earn your bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months and help advance your career through our AcceleratED program.

Programs:

  • Accounting Associates Degree
  • Public Accounting Bachelor's
  • Accounting Bachelor Degree
  • And more...
Locations:  Lutz

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:  Sparks

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, Financial Services
  • And more...
Locations:  Newark

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:  Melbourne
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
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
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

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
Locations:  Bowling Green
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: Accounting
  • Associate of Applied Science: Accounting
  • Master of Science: Accounting
Locations:  South Portland
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