Jared Stearns talks about the DWU accounting program and the importance of his internship experience.
The study of accounting is an excellent way to build marketable quantitative and financial skills which are in high demand. Since every organization needs access to such skills, graduates in accounting are highly employable and generally earn above average salaries. Accounting graduates can choose to work in a wide variety of occupational settings. One option is to be a financial analyst or manager for a for-profit, nonprofit or governmental organization. A second option is to be a certified public accountant (CPA) working as a tax adviser, an auditor or a business consultant. A third option is to employ your quantitative skills in nonfinancial jobs where such skills are highly valued.
Accounting can be combined with a variety of other skills to gain employment in a number of challenging careers. The FBI is interested in graduates with work in both accounting and criminal justice. Insurance companies looking for actuaries are interested in graduates who have combined accounting with math. Technology firms have hired graduates who combined accounting with marketing or communications to provide customer service.
Accounting majors can earn the 150 credits needed to sit for the CPA exam in South Dakota in as little as 4 years. This can be accomplished by taking a combination of summer courses and modest overloads during some regular semesters. The DWU program provides the necessary background for taking all four sections of the CPA exam, as well as a robust core of general business and liberal arts courses.