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CPA Career Path

The CPA - Certified Public Accountant - career path is a rewarding one. The CPA credential equates to a world of possibilities. Today's CPAs are the CEOs and CFOs of major corporations, technology managers, forensic experts and much more.

Learn what CPAs do and the benefits of a CPA career. Read our FAQs and take our quiz to find out if accounting is for you.


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  • Accounting Careers in Higher Education

    January 23, 2015
    A frequently overlooked accounting career path is higher education. Many accounting professors are CPAs who have chosen to pursue a fulfilling career of teaching instead of practicing.
  • A Day in the Life of an Audit Professional

    December 3, 2014
    How do you know if you are a good fit for auditing? Get an inside glimpse into the life of an auditor from NJSCPA member Marilyn Carnevale, CPA.
  • Make Your Profession Your Passion — Develop Your Brand

    November 17, 2014
    I’m forever a New York sports fan. Sports have always been an escape for me, a kind of safe haven. I’ve always viewed sports as a hobby—one that wouldn’t cross into my professional life. However, I have a colleague who, to quote the Seinfeld show, was able to make “worlds collide.”
  • Pursuing an FBI Accounting Career

    September 17, 2014
    An accounting degree can lead to a variety of promising career paths. And obtaining the CPA designation can open even more doors. One path that has grown in popularity over the past decade – thanks to the portrayal in several successful television shows – is a career at the FBI.
  • Why Accounting is Cool

    March 10, 2014
    Doing taxes? Crunching numbers? These days, the profession has much more fun.
  • For Accountants, Variety Is the Spice of Life

    August 6, 2013
    An accounting degree is appealing to many employers because of its versatility, which gives job seekers a wide variety of choices when selecting their future career options. Here are just a few of specialties that an accounting career has to offer.
  • From Bunsen Burners to Balance Sheets

    November 7, 2012
    Human resource recruiters often get a quizzical look when they see my resume. While I have an M.B.A. in accounting, my bachelor of science degree is in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, and my work experience is in actuarial consulting. So, why do I want a career as an accountant and not as a scientist?
  • My Summer Internship

    September 6, 2012
    Professionals and professors alike suggest that you participate in an internship at a public accounting firm during school. But this NJSCPA student member took the road less traveled and opted for an internship at a Fortune 500 company.
  • To Be or Not to Be a CPA

    August 7, 2012
    An accounting degree offers one the opportunity to succeed in virtually any career based on exposure to virtually all industries. No one will ever tell you that you made a mistake majoring in accounting.
  • Career Transition Options

    March 2, 2011
    After graduating from college, former students are eager to put their degrees to work. An accounting degree is extremely appealing to many employers due to its versatility. This versatility gives job seekers a wide variety of choices when selecting their future careers.