The Department of Accounting strives to produce graduates who are capable of using their education advantageously to forge satisfying careers. In turn, the employers of our graduates make use of the talents of Razorback accountants advantageously to further their organizational goals. Our alumni are employed at a wide variety of organizations-business, non-profit and government-located throughout the world.
We have a local presence of many of these global organizations, they have shared with us why it is important for students to have an Accounting Degree, a MAcc, and a CPA in their "Letter from our Employers."
The importance of an accounting degree, a Macc and a CPA...
What employers really think...
Ernst & Young
"Accounting is a great entry point to a company. The reason being, you get to see all aspects of a company, including how the money flows. People are always hiring accountants, through thick and thin, companies will always have a need for accountants. You will always be able to take the skills and continue in accounting or go to alternative opportunities. Accounting core skills are crucial."
John Williamson, CPA, Ernst & Young Partner
"Having a degree in accounting means there are countless job opportunities in any industry. It prepares you for many professions and will give you a good foundation."
Jana Kim, CPA, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
"Being a CPA does not necessarily mean you will be sitting behind a desk all day. You go out and see clients; thus, people interaction is key."
Ashley Dayton, CPA, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
"Accounting is the language of business. It will provide the base knowledge to be able to understand what makes a company tick. It provides a strong foundation and skill set that you have to have. Companies can’t function without accounting. Quality work all boils down to managing accounting and its issues."
Mark Secker, Walmart Stores, Inc.
"Without a MAcc degree and 150 hours of accounting background, you cannot sit for the CPA exam and we can’t hire you. The more knowledge and education, the better prepared you are to face Wall Street and economic disasters."
Karen Gregorvic, Office Manager, KPMG
Meet the Employers Fall 2011
Other Great Comments:
"You get a fuller picture of how business works and a better understanding of what is happening in the business world."
Kelly Tucker, CPA, CMA, Tyson Foods
"Having a CPA prepares you to become a more well rounded individual and move to the top of a company faster. You can also start your own business, work in the corporate setting, banking, real estate, public accounting. You can do anything with a CPA."
Jeff S. Fender, CPA, BSBA ‘95
"Accountants are always needed, you will not have any issue finding a job. You get paid more, that’s always great too."
Wade Carter, More Stephens Frost, MAcc ‘07
"Accounting is the degree that opens doors to all areas in business. In the short-term, it’s still a growing opportunity for a college grad to start their career; in the long-term, it pays better."
T.J. Boyle, CPA, Moore Stephens Frost
"A CPA is the most valued advisor for clients. We steer them in the right direction to reach their financial goals as well as through hardships, especially when things get tough."
Barbara Hambrick, CPA, Beall Barclay
"Federal regulations from SEC require CPAs to work in different industries such as manufacturing and distribution, cost accounting, non-profit, and other. A CPA is crucial and it will open doors."
Adam Ago, CPA, BKD, BSBA ‘07
"Accounting provides a multitude of attractive options for starting a business career. The professors at UA encourage students to consider all options. Companies are increasingly targeting accounting majors for attractive leadership programs that provide incredible opportunities for career development."
Brooke Hicks, CPA, Windstream, MAcc '03