Careers in Accounting

Employment outlook and opportunities

Accountants do more than prepare financial statements; they can also audit, find cost and efficiency gains from new technologies, participate in strategies for mergers and acquisitions, do quality management, develop and use information systems to track financial performance, work in tax strategy, and manage health care benefits. While professional accountants must be good with numbers, their clients and employers often think of them as business problem solvers.

For students focused on starting their career in public practice, the Chartered Professional Accountant Program is where it all begins. Each September, approximately 20 public practice firms and a few governmental offices/corporate sector employers come to campus to recruit articling students for summer, co-op and permanent positions. We support students through all stages of the recruitment process with one-on-one coaching, workshops, networking simulation, mock interviews and online resources.


Designations

Approximately 30% of our students choose to specialize in accounting for various reasons: aspiring to be a partner in a public practice firm, launching an international career, making an impact on the operations of an organization, or having a solid foundation for an entrepreneurial venture. Whatever the reason, we are here to help you choose the right accounting path for you.


Skill set required

  • Analytical skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication skills (written and oral)
  • Mathematical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment
  • Excellent work ethic
  • High ethical standards
  • Computer literacy

Accounting Co-op

Get Accounting experience during your degree. Business Co-op students complete a total of 12 months of full-time, paid work with up to three different companies.

Build a career in accounting

Some potential job titles and future career paths include:

Public PracticeCorporate Accounting
Auditor/Accountant AccountantFinancial/Budget and Credit Analyst
Senior Auditor/AccountantInternal Auditor
Tax SpecialistTax Manager
ManagerAssistant Treasurer/Controller
Senior ManagerController/Treasurer
PartnerVice President of Finance
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)


Average salary range 

These are the average salaries of recent UBC Sauder graduates working in this field.

201420132012
Corporate Accounting$45,240$38,720$44,870
CPA Positions$37,770$38,960$39,220

 

What industries do Accounting grads work in?

May 2014 Accounting graduates started careers in industries including accounting, government, banking and finance, and consulting.

May 2014 Accounting graduates started careers in industries including accounting, government, banking and finance, and consulting.


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