According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2010 Salary Survey the current average salary for a general accountant at a large corporation is $48,691/year.
Qualified graduates of accounting programs may also take a licensure exam to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
CPAs are the trusted professionals who enable people and organizations to shape their future.
Accountants work closely with people in all levels of an organization and are challenged daily by work that requires expert decision making.
Public accountants provide audit, tax, forensic, valuation, and other consulting services for publicly held corporations that operate world-wide. Public accounting positions are the most demanding and sought after positions in the accounting profession.
Management accountants analyze processes and products to maximize corporate profitability, efficiency, and effectiveness. Management accounts may obtain a certification as Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Corporate financial accountants ensure that the financial statements issued by companies are accurate and compliance with regulatory requirements of outside agencies such as the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).
Internal auditors work within an organization to ensure that effective controls exist to safeguard corporate resources. These auditors may obtain certification as Certified Internal Auditors (CIA).