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Projected accounting job openings per year


2024 CPA firm starting salaries


Employers who actively recruit UNCW accounting students

Career Paths for this Degree Include:

Certified Public Accountants (CPA's) audit the financial statements of publicly traded companies, help individuals and businesses minimize the impact of taxes, ensure that information systems protect sensitive data, analyze information to identify opportunities to improve profitability and efficiency, perform due diligence for mergers and acquisitions

Industry and government accountants plan operations and prepare budgets, manage costs and investigate unexpected financial results, develop policies to ensure that enterprise resources are safeguarded, and provide timely reports to help managers control operations.  Government accountants focus on ensuring that public resources are used to benefit citizens in accordance with the law.  Accountants in industry may earn the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential from the Institute of Management Accounting.   

Accountants who specialize in forensics investigate financial crimes such as fraud and embezzlement, help insurance companies evaluate claims, serve as expert witnesses in legal disputes, especially cases involving business valuation.  Accountants working in fraud and forensics may earn specialized certifications such as the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential.

High net worth individuals rely on accountants for guidance in investing assets, minimizing exposure to taxes, and planning for retirement and transferring wealth to heirs.  CPAs who work in this field can complete specialized training and earn a certificate in Personal Financial Planning that covers topics including retirement, estate planning, risk management and insurance.  Wealth management specialists rely on extensive knowledge of the tax code. 

An accounting information systems (AIS) career combines elements of business management, auditing, information management and accounting.  AIS professionals’ expertise includes IT hardware, accounting software, and cybersecurity.  Their focus is on ensuring that systems collect, store, and protect sensitive financial data, as well as constructing reports that meet managers’ needs.  The preferred credential for an AIS professional is the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) which includes  training on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.

Required Courses:
  • ACG 301 - External Financial Reporting I
  • ACG 302 - External Financial Reporting II
  • ACG 305 - Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • ACG 306 - Accounting Information Systems
  • ACG 404 - Federal Income Taxes
  • ACG 406 - Auditing Concepts
Plus, choose one course from the following:
  • ACG 445 - Current Topics in Accountancy
  • ACG 450 - Introduction to Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination

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We go beyond traditional classrooms, providing hands-on experiences that transform knowledge into action. Our commitment to applied learning empowers students to bridge theory with real-world challenges. We offer a range of opportunities including:

  • Business trips to visit selected firms in Charlotte
  • Meet the Firms events
  • Business Week Career Fair and dinner 
  • Coaching and interview preparation from experienced professionals
  • Resume assistance to tailor to industry expectations
  • Opportunity to volunteer to assist taxpayers with filing taxes in our VITA program
  • Student organizations and more!

Applied Learning Opportunities

We place a high priority on preparing students for internships and providing networking opportunities to meet potential employers. Our students are highly successful securing opportunities with all of the Big 4 accounting firms and other leading firms throughout the region and industry. Accounting internships are paid, can earn academic credit, and often lead to offers of permanent employment. 

We also have a dedicated Career Success Center within Cameron that helps our students discover their passions and achieve their professional career goals by providing career coaching and consultation as well as helping in your job search. 


The Cameron Executive Network (CEN) is a volunteer network made up of current and retired business executives who are dedicated to enhancing the education and career development of undergraduate Cameron School of Business students through individual mentoring.

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Accounting Student Spotlight: Carly Purgason, Class of 2024

"Choosing the Cameron School of Business has been one of my best decisions. The accounting department is a space that welcomes, encourages, and challenges me. I am thankful for the countless opportunities for professional and personal growth."

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Dr. David Mautz, Department Chair