What Is Accounting?

Accounting is often thought of as the language of business for organizations.  It involves systematically documenting and analyzing business statistics—things like expenses, profits, losses—to aid in the management of the business and to better understand where all kinds of organizations—corporate, non-profit, community, etc.—are headed in the future.  If you’re usually pretty organized, and if you think of yourself as a numbers person, accounting may be your field.  Jobs as accountants, auditors, tax advisers, and retirement planners are plentiful, along with higher-level positions like chief financial officer, controller, and treasurer of a large firm.

What Degrees Relate to Careers in Accounting?