In public accounting, CPAs serve many clients as an objective outsider or in an advisory capacity. Currently, there are more than 670,000 CPAs in the United States, working in firms ranging from small, local accounting practices to large international CPA firms. CPAs in public practice work in auditing, forensic accounting, information technology, tax consulting and more.
Business and Industry
CPAs in business and industry work for companies ranging from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies. They are considered strategic business partners of their organizations and work in a variety of different areas including financial management, internal auditing, as CFOs and CEOs, and more.
Like their counterparts in public accounting and industry, CPAs in government have responsibilities in the areas of auditing, financial reporting and management accounting. In addition, CPAs in government play a critical role in advising decision makers on the use of resources and evaluating the efficiency of government departments and agencies at the federal, state and local levels.
Nonprofit & Education
CPAs in not-for-profit organizations provide strategic financial guidance and information to help their institutions successfully serve their constituents. Whether a CPA is on the staff of a not-for-profit or serves as an advisor, he or she can help the organization solve tax problems, set up an internal control system, budget resources and prepare financial data for fund raising. CPAs in education are members of the faculties of colleges of business administration, professional schools of accountancy, graduate schools of business and community colleges.