Accounting

Explore Accounting Career Opportunities

This page and the associated resources are a starting point for exploring Accounting careers and developing the skills commonly needed for roles within the field.

Careers within the accounting field range from positions in public accounting, private corporations, and government. In public accounting, Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) work in a firm that serves a variety of clients such as businesses, individuals, governmental organizations, and nonprofits. Services offered may include tax preparation and planning; consulting; and preparing, reviewing, and auditing financial statements. Given the demand for accounting expertise in all organizations, accountants have the ability to choose whether they would like to work in the public or private sector and for a large corporation or a smaller local company.

Explore and Research Accounting Careers

Accounting professionals are needed in a variety of companies and industries. Here we detail those as well as provide examples of internships and entry level jobs, and review common skills needed to excel in a career in accounting.

Make Connections

Connecting with, and learning from, alumni or professionals working in accounting will serve you well in your search. Here we detail how to engage in informational interviews and suggest clubs and organizations you can join to build your network.

Gain Experience and Develop Skills

Although you will develop many skills inside the classroom, getting involved and gaining experience will allow you to test them out, improve your abilities, and give you concrete examples to share with future employers.

Want to Be Career Ready? Try Things Out!

There are MANY ways to build skills and experience outside of the classroom

Whether through Lundquist Career Fundamentals in your classes or during a Career Advising appointment, you may have heard us say “Try stuff” as you think about your …

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Breathe… You Don’t Have to Have It All Figured Out

You might feel like everyone around you has it all figured out – the perfect major, the dream internship, they know exactly what career they want after they graduate… Spoiler alert: they don’t. No one has it all figured out. And …

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Deep-Dive: Starbucks Coffee Company

There’s a food and beverage company founded in the Northwest that you might have heard of – Starbucks Coffee Company. With nearly 400,000 employees worldwide and an annual revenue of $36 billion dollars, it would be hard to miss them!

During …

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Following Up is Crucial to Building Professional Connections

Next Steps: Following Up After Networking Events or Informational Interviews

At Mohr Career Services, many students ask us how to follow up after meeting with a professional at a networking event or conducting an initial conversation (informational interview). And, let’s …

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Pauline Thaler (she/her) Career Advisor
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Alumni Stories

Meet Benny Johnston, ‘20

As a current junior at the Lundquist College of Business, I have heard many times that networking and outreach are some of the most important steps to success in the business world. Recently, I interviewed UO …

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Gabe Career Peer Educator
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Mohr Career Services
155 Lillis
Lundquist College of Business
1208 University of Oregon
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Career Service Hours

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
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