Take Charge of Your Career: Five Steps for Aspiring and Current CPAs

Today’s CPAs need a broad range of skills. Successful CPAs not only have technical knowledge,but can integrate their technical and interpersonal skills with management concepts in order to make key business decisions.  This guide will make the process less daunting and help you take charge of your career and make the most of your professional assets. >>Read and Download the Guide

CPA Exam Information: 2011 Changes

On September 25, the AICPA announced several changes to the CPA exam.

Effective January 1, 2011 the new CPA exam, called computer based testing-evolution (CBT-e) will launch. The CBT-e is applies enhanced technology so the look and feel of the exam will likely change.  The changes are extensive. >>Read More

About CPAs: What are the career options?

CPAs typically begin their careers in public accounting because it gives them the fastest and broadest exposure to a variety of businesses. Many CPAs move into corporate positions as they advance in their careers, or pursue opportunities with governmental and not-for-profit entities. Others choose academia.
In addition to the typical accounting functions, there are many specialty disciplines:

Audit and Assurance – Ensuring that financial
statements properly reflect the financial performance of the company.
  IT Services – Designing, integrating, and implementing advanced software systems, acting as a bridge between hardware/software and organizational goals. 
Tax and Financial Planning – Recommending
savings, investment, and tax options to eliminate
debt, control expenses, minimize tax burdens,
and optimize investments.

Forensic Accounting – Preventing, detecting,
and investigating financial frauds such as
embezzlement, securities fraud, tax evasion,
and money-laundering schemes. Demand for
this specialty has grown significantly as a result
of recent corporate scandals.


Internal Auditing – Assessing the effectiveness of
an entity’s control structure either as an employee
or an outside consultant. These professionals are
in high demand as a result of new corporate
governance regulations.
  International Accounting – Companies adopting
International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
need accountants to help reconcile IFRS with U.S. GAAP. Professionals with knowledge of U.S. GAAP who work well in an international environment are increasingly in demand.
Environmental Accounting – Addressing how
companies can be both environmentally responsible
and profitable. This includes focusing on a variety
of projects like environmental compliance audits
and managing and preventing claims and disputes.
  Consulting Services – Providing a variety of specialty services for companies, including performance management, financial planning, and strategy and operations planning.
Financial Analysis – Evaluating business data,
identifying trends, and participating in the long-term
strategy of a firm.
  General Accounting – Processing journal entries,
performing account analysis and reconciliation,
and preparing payroll, sales, and use tax, and
other local tax filings.

SCACPA Contacts

Membership Team

Student & CPA Candidate Membership
Accounting Careers Initiatives
Academic Relations
On Campus Champions
Scholarship Information

Maureen Taylor
(803) 791-4181 ext. 105