For those willing to invest the time and energy in studying accounting, many careers are available. Auditors work in public accounting, governmental agencies, and publicly-held companies. Budget analysts help companies understand and plan for successful operations. Financial analysts guide businesses and individuals in investment decision-making.
Certified Public Accountants perform attestation and assurance services for companies that publish financial statements. Tax accountants help people and companies comply with tax law reporting requirements. Those who work in a public accounting firm might provide a number of different services to clients, including attestation, taxation, and consulting.
There are many other related fields that people with accounting degrees can participate in. For example, graduates might go to work in companies that sell investments and become financial planners. They could also work in credit counseling, as credit analysts, as loan officers, and as mortgage bankers.
The value of each accounting course taken is that graduates can apply the principles learned in many different fields. It is important to try to find a field or career that is interesting to you, as well as one that pays well. Most people spend at least 40 hours per week at work, so finding a career that is a good fit will be more fulfilling than simply finding work.