The journey to becoming a CPA may start in an accounting class with a mere glimmer in your eye, but it can lead to a world of possibilities. See all the places you can go if you get started on the CPA path today.
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A high school student paving your path for a bright future. Since becoming your class’s Bank On It® tournament champion, you’ve been eyeing a career in accounting.
Seek out AACSB- and ACBSP-accredited colleges with reputable accounting programs.
One chapter ends. Another begins.
Hello, college life!
Gain the college credits required to sit for the CPA Exam in your state, become an AICPA student member on ThisWaytoCPA.com and join an accounting club or society on campus.
Prepare a resume, visit the career services office on campus, create a LinkedIn profile and develop professional social media accounts.
Grow your skills and understanding of the profession by gaining real-life work experience under the guidance of seasoned CPAs through internships.
Congratulations, you're a college grad!
Prepare for the CPA Exam with prep courses, study groups and a well-structured study plan, then schedule your test days. You may not pass the first time, but don't give up. You've got this! Candidates have 18 months to complete all sections of the CPA Exam.
Once you pass your exam and meet your state's experience requirements, you're ready to apply for your license.
It's official. You're a Certified Public Accountant!
Now, it's time for a promotion. Newly licensed CPAs make up to $93,500 per year, and those with more experience make far more – upward of six figures annually!
CFO, Children's Hospital
Advising the board about a new Pediatrics wing.
Accounting Manager, Mall Jeweler
Tracking revenue and spending from multiple sources (inventory, advertising…)
Payroll Manager, Six Flags
Keeping the good times rolling by ensuring everyone gets paid
Global Controller, Gatorade
Leading a global team of experts and (maybe) getting Super Bowl tickets
Internal Auditor, Department of Defense
Serving your country and keeping tabs on military spending
Environmental Accountant, Zappos.com
Proving the value of eco-friendliness to the CEO--and Uncle Sam
Setting business strategies, choosing new locations, and keeping caffeine-addicts happy
Special Agent, FBI
Using data and reasoning to put away bad guys
Personal Financial Planner for a Celebrity
Helping the money-challenged hang on to their fortune
Compliance Manager, Xbox
Working and playing hard within industry rules and copyright law
Cost Accountant, Mini Cooper
Making sure the next big thing in small cars is affordable and profitable
Technical Director, Google
Calling the shots at one of the world's technology leaders
Professor, Local College or University
Changing lives and shaping the future of the profession
Managing Partner, Big 4 Accounting Firm
No, you pretty much had this one right the first time