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Accounting Careers. Presented by The Nebraska Society of CPAs 2009-2010. Which Career Path to Take. Education. Public Accounting. Governmental & Not-for-Profit. Private Accounting. Where Do I Go From Here ?. Public Accounting Firms.

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Accounting careers

Accounting Careers

Presented by

The Nebraska Society of CPAs


Which career path to take
Which Career Path to Take





& Not-for-Profit



Where Do I Go From Here?

Public accounting firms
Public Accounting Firms

Regional/National Firms with Offices in Nebraska:

Dana F. Cole & Company, LLP

Kennedy & Coe, LLC

Local Firms in Nearly Every Community!!

Careers in public accounting


Auditing & Assurance



Forecasting & Projecting

New Opportunities

Forensic Accounting

Estate Planning

Personal Financial Planning


Information Technology

Internal Controls

Careers in Public Accounting

Climbing the corporate ladder
Climbing the Corporate Ladder

Private industries
Private Industries

Your Local Bank

or Your Own Business!!

Careers in private accounting

Financial Management

Financial Reporting

Internal Auditing

Management Accounting

Non-financial Positions

Tax Planning

Careers in Private Accounting

Governmental not for profit
Governmental & Not-for-Profit


Local School System

Local Hospital

University system

Governmental not for profit opportunities




Treasury Dept

General Accounting Office







Public Schools


Charitable Organizations

Religious Affiliations

Governmental & Not-for-Profit Opportunities

Government not for profit careers
Government & Not-for-ProfitCareers

  • Performance Auditing

  • Financial Audits

  • Compliance Audits

  • Investigative Audits


High Schools

Junior Highs

Middle Schools

Education opportunities
Education Opportunities

High School Business Teacher

University or College Professor

Education careers
Education Careers

  • Instructor

  • Researcher

  • Board Member

  • Business Consultant

  • Expert Witness

  • Author

Accounting careers education requirements


Strong College GPA

CPA Recommended

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration


Strong College GPA

CPA Optional

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or Associates degree from Community College

Accounting Careers Education Requirements

Cpa requirements in nebraska
CPA Requirements in Nebraska

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

  • Education: 150 hours

    • including bachelors degree with accounting emphasis

  • Examination

  • Ethics Exam

  • Experience: 2 years under a licensed CPA

  • Benefit: CPA is a highly-regarded designation in the business world. It opens the doors to many opportunities for employment.

Salary guide

Large Public Firms

($250 million+ in sales)

1 year $49,000-$59,250

1-3 yrs $55,500-$69,250

Senior $66,250-$85,500

Mngr $82,750-$111,750

Director/ $102,000-$159,500

Sr. Mngr

Medium Private Firms

($25-$250 million in sales)

Acctng Clerk $27,250-$36,000

Acctng Manager $60,500-$79,500

Controller $66,000-$120,500

CFO $94,250-$175,750

Internal Audit:

1 year $41,500-$51, 500

1-3 years $48,500-$62,250

Senior $61,000-$77,250

Manager $73,750-$95,750

Salary Guide

(National Averages obtained from Robert Half International 2007 Salary Guide – Request a copy at

Why would i want to go into a career in accounting

Variety of work

Continuing Education (CPE, Trade Publications & Associations)

Work with a variety of people

Preparation for owning your own business

Opportunities to travel nation-wide or globally

Why would I want to go into a career in accounting?

Will i be able to find a job with an accounting degree
Will I be able to find a job with an Accounting degree?

  • Every business needs an accountant

  • High demand for accountants

  • Competitive salaries with long-term growth potential

  • Accounting degree gives fundamental business knowledge applicable to any business position including Marketing, Finance, Management, & Administration

How do i know if i would like accounting

Are you a team player?

Are you an analytical thinker?

Do you like to explore new opportunities?

Do you like challenges?

Do you like to problem solve?

Do you like variety?

How do I know if I would like Accounting?

What should i be doing now

Improve on Oral & Written Communication Skills

Work on Research Skills

Apply for an Internship (College Jr/Sr)

Remember that introductory accounting just gives you the basics –real world accounting is not simply debits & credits

What should I be doing now?

Scholarships available
Scholarships Available

  • Scholarship money is readily available for college accounting students!!

  • Example –

  • Where do I apply?

  • Check with your college’s financial aid office and accounting faculty at your college or university

Where can i get more information
Where can I get more information?

  • Nebraska Society of CPAs

  • Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy

  • CPA Exam website

  • American Institute of CPAs




  • Talk with School Counselor or Business Teacher