CPA 101

Bean counter, number cruncher, paper pusher, math whiz . . .

This list goes on and on. In fact, you might even have a few nicknames for accountants yourself. But you know what? These labels couldn’t be farther from the truth. Cutting though the stereotypes can be challenging sometimes, but we’ve got the tools to prove that accounting is far more than just tax returns and audits.

In fact, today’s Certified Public Accountants possess the skills to work almost anywhere – a fortune 500 corporation, a pro sports team, a film production company, the FBI, a record label, a university or even their own business. In short, CPAs run the business world. They play a fundamental role in the day to day operations of every organization, keeping their doors open and their customers coming.

CPAs have titles like chief financial officer, controller, managing partner, business advisor, president and more. Sound good to you? Cast any preconceived notions out of your mind and imagine yourself in the role of CPA, possessing the business knowledge, accounting competencies, leadership and communication skills to help you achieve the career of your dreams!

Now, browse through the CPA 101 resources to find out what it takes to earn the highly acclaimed title of Certified Public Accountant for yourself.
  • Feb 28, 2014

    CPA FAQ's: What you need to know

    You have the question -- we have the answer. Are CPAs and accountants the same thing? Is accounting a five‐year degree? Find the answers to these questions and much more.
  • Apr 30, 2014

    What is a CPA?

    When you need financial advice for your business or personal needs, it’s important to hire the most qualified professional with the right expertise.
  • Feb 28, 2014

    Is this career right for you?

    When considering a career, it’s important to consider your personal work values—what is most important to you in a job, and most suitable for your individual personality and interests. Take our quiz to see if the CPA profession is right for you.
  • Feb 28, 2014

    What skills do I need?

    If your first reaction to becoming a CPA was, “I’m not a math person,” don’t be so quick to jump to conclusions. Sure, basic math skills are important, but being a CPA is really more about the ability to think differently.
  • Feb 28, 2014

    Position descriptions: Which career path is right for you?

    Within public accounting, you can work for any‐size firm, ranging from a large, international CPA firm to a small local accounting practice. Within the firm, you can work in such areas as audit, tax, and management consulting.
  • Feb 28, 2014

    CPA designation can be ticket to adventurous career

    Students often choose to study accounting in college because they are good with math, and there is a long‐held perception that accountants are social introverts who would rather hunker down at their desks with a pencil and a ledger of accounts than interact with people.