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Types of Accounting Careers
- Public Accounting Firms: Accountants (CPA's) work in a partnership that provides accounting services to individuals, businesses and government. A number of major firms are dominant in this field and are primarily involved in auditing and taxes. A good start in your career.
- Government: Accountants may work at any level of government. They prepare budgets, track costs and analyze government initiatives. Prospects for advancement are generally good. Bureaucracy is a downside.
- Corporations: Businesses of all sizes usually have an accounting department that prepares financial statements, tracks costs, handles tax returns, and works on major transactions. The work is dynamic and prospects are good.
- Independent: You are working as a self-employed accountant generating your own business income. However, you benefit from good customer contact, independence, and - if you are proficient - good return.