Careers in the Licensed Professions

Certified Public Accountant

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Certified public accountants (CPAs) operate under strict ethical standards to develop, analyze, and report financial information. Using this information, they advise individuals and organizations on financial matters. Examples of services:

  • tax, estate, and trust services
  • independent review of financial and other documents (assurance services)
  • financial planning
  • forensic accounting (e.g., for fraud investigations and legal proceedings)
  • business consulting services



150 semester hours including a minimum of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a Department-registered CPA licensure program, or the equivalent.


At least one year of full-time, qualifying experience under the supervision of a U.S. CPA.


Uniform CPA Examination® (national exam).

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.




Salary and Projected Growth

  • Salary range: $40,000 (entry) - $500,000+ (CPA firm owners)
  • Projected growth: faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Any industry: entertainment, sports, technology, travel, banking
  • Federal, state, or local government
  • Public accounting firm
  • Non-profit organizations

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Information technology
  • Data analytics
  • Problem solving
  • Business savvy

Professional Skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Integrity and independence
  • Leadership
  • Business communications

What Interests You?

Match your interests and personality to career options! Explore a free career tool at

Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a CPA about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020