- Public accounting – working as a certified public accountant. CPAs practice on their own (“sole practitioner”) or in a firm of accountants.
- Industry – working as an accountant for companies like Papa John’s, Yum! Brands, LG&E, and many others here in Louisville or around the world. In industry, accountants work in financial reporting, internal audit, management accounting, budgeting and forecasting, and other areas.
- Government – working for governmental organizations at the federal, state and local level. In addition to managing governmental accounting functions, accountants work for the FBI, IRS, Department of Defense, and other agencies as auditors and investigators.
- Nonprofit organizations – working for organizations such as the YMCA, accountants find opportunities in roles similar to those found in industry.
- Academia – working at colleges and universities as instructors and researchers.
Many accountants begin their careers in public accounting and move to one of the other career paths after two or more years.
Many individuals begin their careers in accounting, but end up pursuing other career paths – such as executive management roles in a company. Those individuals develop leadership and other strengths while working as accountants, and use those strengths in their new role leading organizations. David A. Jones, Sr., a co-founder of Humana, Inc., is a CPA.
Because accountants truly understand the “language of business,” opportunities outside traditional accounting careers are widely available.