South Carolina CPAs
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Students & Educators

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

The CBT-e (Computer Based Testing-evolution) applies enhanced technology and 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.
  Financial Analysis Evaluating business data, identifying trends, and participating in the long-term strategy of a firm.  

Tax and Financial Planning – Recommending
savings, investment, and tax options to eliminate
debt, control expenses, minimize tax burdens,
and optimize investments.

  IT Services – Designing, integrating, and implementing advanced software systems, acting as a bridge between hardware/software and organizational goals. 
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.
  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.

General Accounting – Processing journal entries,
performing account analysis and reconciliation,
and preparing payroll, sales, and use tax, and
other local tax filings.

  Consulting Services – Providing a variety of specialty services for companies, including performance management, financial planning, and strategy and operations planning.
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.
  International AccountingCompanies 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.

SCACPA Contacts

Membership Team
(803) 791-4181

Maureen Taylor
ext. 105

Accounting Careers Initiatives
Academic Relations
On Campus Champions
Scholarship Information

Shana Adams
ext. 111

Student & CPA Candidate Membership