School of Accountancy

Careers in Accounting

All organizations, large or small, rely on the expertise of accounting professionals. Career options in the accounting profession include auditing, tax, forensics, business consulting, and corporate compliance. In these roles, accountants prepare and organize financial records, and they think creatively and analytically to help businesses cut costs and boost revenue.

The demand for accounting professionals is high: 41% of our graduates responded that they had obtained full-time accounting positions within 3 months of graduation in our spring 2014 survey. In addition, approximately 93% of Muma College of Business students held an internship, full-time, or part-time job while in school in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Professional certification qualifies accounting professionals for leadership and specialized positions within the field. Visit our Certifying for Success page for more information.

For more information on accountant and auditor positions, visit the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics website or the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) website.

Alumni Spotlights

Jamil Jones

Jamil Jones
'06, MS Accounting; '04, BS Accounting

Jamil came to USF as a computer science major, but after taking a few accounting classes, he realized accounting was a better fit and switched his major. He discovered Deloitte through Beta Alpha Psi, and Deloitte hired him first as an intern and later as a full-time employee. Today, he divides his time between auditing and recruiting top college talent for Deloitte.

Lisl Unterholzner

Lisl Unterholzner
'12, BS Accounting

Lisl began her career as a wine consultant. She loved being in sales, but as time went on, she realized she enjoyed analyzing numbers and managing budgets more than being in front of people every day. Since Lisl already lived in Tampa, she decided to enroll in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy and fully explore her love of analyzing data to solve problems. Now Lisl works for a public accounting firm that specializes in forensic accounting and litigation support.

Companies Recruiting USF Accounting Students and Alumni

The Big 4 accounting firms – PricewaterhouseCoopers, EY, Deloitte, and KPMG – all have a major presence in Tampa. They've hired hundreds of our accounting students as interns and later as full-time employees. In addition, our alumni have recently been recruited for roles as diverse as vice president of finance and accounting for the American Cancer Society, controller at Tampa General Hospital, audit services director at TECO Energy, and corporate accountant at Apple.

Other companies recruiting USF accounting students and graduates include: