Accounting Skills That Add Up

Upon completion of your BS in Accounting degree, you will have the following skills to apply to your accounting career:

  • Professionalism: Accountants, especially licensed Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), employ auditing standards, apply professional ethical guidelines and bring an independent perspective to their occupation.
  • Accounting Skills: Accountants apply financial frameworks used by business to prepare financial reports and to complete other financial tasks required of them.
  • Legal Skills & Business/Tax Law: Accountants, especially CPAs, apply laws as they relate to business and individual tax issues, businesses and their transactions and to their professional responsibilities.
  • Financial Intelligence: Accountants, especially CPAs, apply professional judgment when preparing, analyzing and interpreting financial information in a way that reflects both its art and science dimensions.
  • Communication: Accountants interpret complex information clearly and concisely when presenting financial analyses and reports.
  • Problem Solving/Decision Making: Accountants objectively analyze information to identify problems and use business and financial knowledge to develop solutions for them.
  • Risk Analysis: Accountants identify and assess factors that may jeopardize success of a project or entity in both audit and business contexts.
  • Information Technology: Accountants integrate technology with their financial analysis and presentations, to research professional guidelines, to keep abreast of changes in legal and accounting requirements and to investigate relevant business information.
  • Resource Management: Accountants apply management and human resources development theories to human resources issues and organizational problems.

Program competencies are adapted from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Core Competency Framework.


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