With an MSA degree from Sawyer Business School, you’ll be ready for a challenging career in areas like auditing, financial planning, tax compliance, and financial analysis. Whether you want to work for a public accounting firm, a corporation, the government, or yourself, there is an opportunity waiting for you.
Take a look at some of the most popular career paths.
Auditing is a central part of accounting. Auditors review the financial statements of businesses to ensure they are accurately presented. They may work for independent public accounting firms or serve as internal auditors within companies. A career in this capacity may also involve tasks such as sourcing records through financial statements for businesses and organizations. This work has become increasingly computerized, so a strong foundation in information systems is vital.
Budget analysts make financial plans for businesses, government agencies and nonprofits. Strong negotiating skills are a must.
Financial accountants prepare financial statements and other reports for businesses and enterprises. They play a crucial role in mergers and acquisitions.
Forensic Accounting/Fraud Examination
A forensic accountant is an investigator, auditor, attorney, and accountant all in one. You’ll look for evidence, conduct analyses, interview involved parties, and draw conclusions. A forensic accountant prepares each case as if it will result in litigation. They’re frequently asked to give expert testimony on fraud and accounting-related matters. Forensic accountants can also be used to set up proactive fraud prevention programs.
Management accountants focus on the capital budgeting and business analysis areas of accounting. They analyze contracts and expenses for businesses and organizations. Working closely with marketing managers and financial managers, they help make major business decisions.
Tax accountants may work in public accounting firms or most other types of businesses. They prepare income tax statements for corporate and personal income, in addition to tax planning. This field requires a strong knowledge of economics, federal, state and international tax codes, and legal procedures involved.