Career Options

Careers for Accounting Majors

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Tax Consultant
  • Government: IRS or FBI agent, forensic accountant
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Trusted Business Advisor
  • Controller

Starting Salary*

The typical starting salary for a CPA (or CPA eligible graduate) is between $50,000-$65,000, depending on the size of the firm.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Job Titles of People with Accounting Degrees

  • Tax Associate, RSM McGladrey
  • Chief Operating Officer, National Trust Community Investment Corporation
  • Managing Director, Beacon Hill Financial
  • Corporate Director of Accounting, Hostmark Hospitality Group
  • President and Chief Operating Officer, Financial Accounting Standards Board
  • Audit Partner, Ernst & Young, Retail, Consumer Products Practice
  • Vice President and Group Controller, CNN Worldwide
  • Managing Partner, KPMG, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Director of TV and Cable Productions, Walt Disney Studios
  • Treasurer and Controller, Penske Corporation
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.