Why You should Become a CPA
The accounting profession today is changing at a dramatic and rapid pace. As a young accounting professional, or soon to be one, your skills, interests and attitude will all play an important part in redefining the future of the accounting profession-and particularly the CPA.
CPAs are many things. They are chief financial officers for Fortune 500 companies and advisors to small neighborhood businesses. They work for public accounting firms, both small and large. They are well-respected strategic business advisors and decision-makers. They act as consultants on many issues, including taxes and accounting.
Although they share a fundamental set of core competencies, skills, and values, CPAs come from all different backgrounds and use their talents in a remarkable variety of professions and purposes. Here is a closer look at a group of CPAs who have become stars in business.
Did You Know?
- Author John Grisham studied accounting at Mississippi State.
- Comedian Bob Newhart started out as an accountant.
- Phil Knight, the founder and chair of Nike, is a CPA.
- Walter Diemer, an accountant, created bubble gum.
- Thomas Pickard, the FBI's #2 man, is also a CPA.
- J.P. Morgan's first job was as a junior accountant.
- Gibby Haynes, of the Butthole Surfers, studied accounting in college.
- Jazz artist Kenny G. used to be an accountant?
- Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons is a CPA.