Budget. That’s a word that might make others cringe, but when you hear it, it makes you want to roll up your sleeves and dust off the calculator. If you’re interested in reporting on financial activities that provide organizations with information to make effective decisions, then you may want to study accounting.

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UTSA’s Accounting Program

Home to one of the top business schools in the world, UTSA is one of the best places you can earn an Accounting degree. The program maintains high standards and is accredited by AACSB, the premier business accrediting agency. Our accounting courses are designed to prepare you for any number of careers within this challenging but rewarding profession. As an accountant, you’ll work behind-the-scenes to examine financial records, balance budgets, prepare taxes and ensure that financial operations are up-and-running smoothly and accurately.

What You’ll Learn

As an accounting major, you’ll have the option of learning a business competency as you work toward completing your degree. These competencies are available through elective courses and aim to develop a greater set of marketable skills for business majors. The competencies available for Accounting majors are analytics, entrepreneurship, international business, leading change, modeling and risk management.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Careers in Accounting

Top job titles for accounting graduates include:

  • Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Bookkeeper/Accounting Clerk
  • Financial Manager
  • Treasurer/Controller
  • Auditor
  • Tax Manager
  • Business/Management Analyst
  • Tax Analyst/Specialist

Accounting and its related career pathways are currently in average demand in Texas, with more than 48,000 job opportunities between November 2018 and October 2019. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Virginia, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Colorado and Arizona. More than 12million accounting-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2017-18.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Accounting Graduates

Accounting is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across all industries require accounting/financial staff and services. The industries that posted the largest number of accounting-related positions over 2018-19 included:

  • Accounting/Tax Preparation/Payroll
  • Financial Investment
  • Insurance
  • Health Care
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Energy (Oil and Gas)

Salaries for Accounting Graduates

The salary range for open accounting-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $39,183
median $64,550
top 10% $104,072

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Accounting Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an accounting graduate, some are more commonly sought than others. Accounting may be a good fit for you if:

  • You enjoy working with numbers
  • You are detail oriented
  • You are a good planner
  • You recognize patterns
  • You enjoy working with others

Student Spotlight

Carla Juarez ’18

Accounting Major

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