Stephen F. Austin State University

Why Accounting?

Increase Your Intelligence

Accountants are in high demand, and SFA's School of Accountancy can help you achieve the education you need to succeed. Since 1942, almost 3,000 accounting degrees have been awarded at SFA, making it one of the standout accounting programs in Texas.

Prepare for Life

SFA offers a five-year accounting program in which both the bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting are awarded simultaneously. A four-year program also is offered for students interested in a non-public accounting career. A stand-alone master's degree is available for students who have already received their bachelor's degree in accounting and wish to complete the educational requirements to take the CPA exam.

Find Your Vocation

When it's time for you to start seeking a job, there's no better place to start your search than on the SFA campus. Each semester, many companies and recruiters visit SFA to interview soon-to-be graduates for professional positions. Career fairs also are held during the fall and spring semesters to unite future graduates with employers.

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Why Study Accounting?

Accounting is a lucrative, challenging, professional career with unlimited opportunities and is a provider of information for decision making. Accountants make decisions based on financial information, provide assurance on quality of information, provide tax planning and preparation and other value added services. In general, the job outlook is good. Average starting salaries range from the mid-$30,000s to the low-$60,000s, depending upon degree, location and area of interest. Each year, many companies recruit on campus, and our graduates successfully compete for jobs against graduates from all other institutions in the state. Accountants perform their services in a variety of environments, including public accounting, business and industry, government and education.

Related Major Skills and Characteristics
Problem Solver Computer literacy
Organized Systemizing skills
Numerical computation Efficient
Analyze and interpret data Work independently or in teams
Critical thinking Logical thinking
Oral and written presentation

Related Career Titles for Accounting Majors
Actuary FBI Agent
Commodities Trader Managerial Accountant
Industrial Buyer CIA Agent
Assistant Controller Financial Analyst
Internal Auditor Claims Adjuster
Auditor General Auditor
Consumer Credit Officer Payroll Manager
International Trade Specialist Collection Agent
Bank Examiner Government Accountant
Controller Personal Financial Planner
Inventory Control Specialist Commercial Banker
Benefits Administrator Industrial Accountant
Cost Accountant Plant Accountant
IRS Investigator Professor
Budgetary Control Analyst Public Accountant
Credit and Collection Specialist Securities Broker
Loan Administrator Stockbroker
Certified Public Accountant Systems Analyst
Entrepreneur Tax Lawyer
Loan Officer Tax Specialist
Chief Cost Accountant Treasurer
Estate Planner Treasury Management Specialist
Management Consultant Trust Accountant
Chief Financial Officer Underwriter