Are you thinking of becoming an accountant, but maybe concerned about the tedious, number-crunching that has characterized the profession? Well, think again. Accountants play a dynamic role in most organizations in their ability to quickly analyze figures and clearly communicate results to clients and managers.
There are numerous combinations of career paths and settings for accounting majors. At North Central College, you can explore the possibilities through your junior year and then choose from one of four accounting tracks to hone your skills.
Certified public accountants focus on financial statements used by external audiences like investors, creditors and employees when considering the profitability or stability of any organization. If you enjoy fitting the pieces of financial puzzles together, then a position in a public accounting firm as a tax accountant, internal auditor or consultant may be the match for you.
Managerial accountants work within a company or government agency, analyzing investments, preparing budgets and monitoring costs. They are relied upon internally to understand a company's financial picture to guide its fiscal activity. If you enjoy research, planning and being at the center of business decisions, then the CMA track might be a good fit.
Corporate accountants are generalists who perform functions that support an organization's record of accounts receivable or payable. If you're interested in accounting in a wider spectrum of settings including small businesses, schools or nonprofit organizations, corporate accounting may be just right for you.
Accounting majors can obtain a B.A. or B.S. degree in accounting as well as the M.B.A. degree within a five-year period. This five-year program is particularly appropriate for accounting majors who want to take the CPA exam. In Illinois (and most states), candidates must have 30 semester hours beyond the 120 hours of North Central College's bachelor's degree in order to sit for the exam. Our program meets this requirement.
Regardless of the track you choose, your North Central College accounting classes will give you technical knowledge and problem-solving and communication skills you'll need to succeed as an accountant. And if you elect an internship, you'll have the chance to showcase what you've learned, gain first-hand knowledge of the type of work you want to pursue, and build a network of professional contacts in a major metropolitan area.