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.
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
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 Practice||Corporate Accounting|
|Auditor/Accountant Accountant||Financial/Budget and Credit Analyst|
|Senior Auditor/Accountant||Internal Auditor|
|Tax Specialist||Tax Manager|
|Partner||Vice President of Finance|
|Chief Financial Officer (CFO)|
Average salary range
These are the average salaries of recent UBC Sauder graduates working in this field.