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Accounting

Accountants—vital to the smooth operation of any business

#7
best business jobs

If you love tracking data, creating structure and getting the details right, then accounting may be the perfect career choice for you.

Accountants record business transactions for an organization, track financial performance and generally make sure a company runs smoothly—by tracking billing and payments, managing payroll, and producing key reports that allow leaders to make sound decisions.

Why become an accountant?

  • Accountants are in high demand. In fact, most of our accounting students have jobs lined up well before graduation.
  • Lots of flexibility—work part-time, full-time, work for yourself or for any-sized organization.
  • Find a place in accounting that fits your working style—work solo, work in a team, solve programs, reach goal oriented, etc.
  • Accountants are needed in every field because they provide the data for key decision making.

I was able to build great relationships with the professors due to the small class sizes. Since graduation, the professors have proven they weren’t just interested in my success while I was paying tuition—they continue to check in and are always willing to provide insight to assist me in my career.

Brittanie Ladig Lehman
2009 graduate, and audit Senior Manager at Deloitte in Omaha, Neb.
photo Brittanie Ladig Lehman

Real experience starts long before graduation.

100%
of students complete internships

At Union College, we understand the importance of experience. That's why we connect you with experienced accountants who can teach you valuable lessons—from professors, to local business leaders to mentors in internships.

Why study at Union College?

  • Learn from professors with accounting experience at major corporations.
  • Strong relationships with multiple hospital systems that provide great internships for our students.
  • Small class sizes allow for more personal interaction with professors who care about your success.
  • We focus on practical application of what you learn. Students have assisted low-income residents with tax returns, local non-profits with bookkeeping and more!

My business classes really focused on applying concepts from textbooks to real-world events. I can’t remember equations or quote theories word for word, but I can apply a thought process that was ingrained in me in college to everyday situations I encounter now. As I compare my business education to others, I feel the greatest benefit I received was the continued emphasis on teamwork and larger projects that tied multiple concepts together.

Josh Huenergardt
2001 graduate, financial advisor at Edwards Jones in Lincoln, Neb.
photo Josh Huenergardt

Majors and minors

All business-related majors are offered as a business administration degree. Here are all the options available for business administration:

Accounting (two-year associate of science degree)—Gives a solid foundation in how to organize financial information for decision-making purposes; this degree works for lower-level accounting jobs. (Degree completion guide)

Business Administration (two-year associate of science degree)—Business is in all fields; this degree gives you a solid base of business knowledge and can stand on its own or pair well with other four-year degrees. (Degree completion guide)

Business Administration—four-year bachelor of science (choose one of the emphases):

  • Accounting—Become CPA-ready: Learn how to organize financial information for decision-making purposes and how to understand/analyze a company’s finances. (Degree completion guide)
  • Finance—Learn how to raise make financial decisions for a company, or prepare for a career in banking or investing. (Degree completion guide)
  • Management—Learn specific skills in managing people and projects that can start you in an HR career or prepare you for a management position down the road. (Degree completion guide)
  • Marketing—Learn to portray a company’s image to others, research consumer needs, manage a sales process and effectively advertise products/services. (Degree completion guide)
  • Science—Prepares pre-medical, dental, and optometry students to sit for entry exams (e.g. MCAT) after their junior year, while giving them knowledge to assist in running their own business. (Degree completion guide)
  • Small Business Management—Whether you plan to work in your family’s small business or start your own, this degree gives you good tools. (Degree completion guide)

Union also offers minors in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business administration
  • Business analytics
  • Marketing
  • Small business management

Career options

Accountant or auditor

Keep track of financial accounts and ensure taxes are paid by organizations or individuals.

Job outlook
10% growth (faster than average)

Median pay
$69,000

Cost estimator

Collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to manufacture a product, construct a building, or provide a service.

Job outlook
11% growth (faster than average)

Median pay
$63,000

Financial analyst

Provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions.

Job outlook
11% growth (faster than average)

Median pay
$84,000