Corporate accountants work for – you guessed it – corporations as opposed to public accounting firms.
Accounting is critical to any business – especially for large companies – meaning there are lots of career opportunities for accountants in an organization, from entry-level financial analysts and cost accountants to senior roles such as corporate treasurer, controller, chief accounting officer and chief financial officer. Anne Lloyd (BSBA ’83), executive vice president and chief financial officer at Martin Marietta Materials – a multibillion-dollar publicly traded company – worked at a public accounting firm early in her career before switching to corporate employment.
“UNC provided the foundation and gave me the confidence to begin to build the house on top of that foundation,” she says. “As you add more and more floors to the house over time, you realize and appreciate more and more how vital a strong foundation is to the structural integrity.”
Lots of options
Though public accounting is a common early career choice for accountants, their options are virtually unlimited.
Accountants are represented in nearly every field. The No. 3 official at the FBI is a CPA who started his career in public accounting and then became an FBI agent. There are even several CPAs serving in Congress. UNC MAC graduates have c-suite jobs at many top companies, including entertainment businesses in Los Angeles and with the biggest names in technology.
The bottom line: no matter what your ultimate career aspirations are, the business know-how and skills you gain from a Master of Accounting degree will get you there faster.
It’s time for some unique roles. To this point, we’ve covered the basics in tax, audit, advisory and corporate roles. There are, however, numerous unexpected roles where accounting fundamentals are put to work in truly unique ways. Download our “Creative” whitepaper to explore some of them.