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Like Numbers? Love Labs? Consider a Math or Science Career

Like Numbers? Love Labs? Consider a Math or Science Career

If you like numbers or love labs, consider a math or science career.

By Laura Jeanne Hammond

June 05, 2007

Accountant
National average salary: $50,770

Want to trace white-collar crime? Become a forensic accountant. Does working with several companies as a consultant on tax issues, audits and human resource issues sound like fun? You could be a budding CPA.

You don’t even have to be a math whiz to be an accountant. Learn to like numbers, sure, but “computers do all the work for us,” says Don Kiamie, a certified public accountant (CPA) and CEO of Windsor Management Corporation, a real estate investment and property management firm.

During college: Perfect your communication skills, plus your accounting expertise.

Get an internship to make sure accounting is for you, and consider if you want to enter the workforce with a bachelor’s degree, master’s or take a licensing exam to become a CPA. If a master’s is in your future, start looking for a grad school now—yes, grad school.

“This is one of the few professions where you can graduate with a five-year MBA/BBA degree and get a job,” says Kiamie.

After college: CPAs can find work in either public or private industry.

“Public accounting firms are engaged by businesses at all levels, from Fortune 100 types to small companies, and assist with government reporting, tax planning, financial analysis and so on,” says CPA Frank Fusaro, who worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and has been a recruiter for 31 years. “Public accounting offers you the chance to see different businesses every day in a consultative role.”

That could mean working with six to 15 different businesses in a year, Fusaro says. You might negotiate leases, observe inventory or read loan agreements from banks.


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