Observation of an organization's accounts and fiscal trends provides valuable data to those in business who must make decisions and predictions based on the economy. Accountants maintain the financial records and supervise the recording of transactions of businesses, corporations and not-for-profit organizations, as well as governmental units. They design and maintain systems to record changes in assets and liabilities; supervise accounting for expenses, payment, purchases, and inventories; and prepare periodic tax and financial reports. Areas of possible concentrations in accounting include budgets, cost, taxes, systems accounting, systems design auditing and financial reporting. Accountants work with people and must be able to communicate orally and in writing. One of the major functions of accountants is to give advice to management on potential courses of action. The accounting program provides an excellent foundation for the Certified Public Accountant's examination, which many students sit for during their last semester or after graduating. Other students obtain employment in private industry including consulting, banking and a variety of financial institutions.
Interested students are encouraged to stop by the department office, 206 Purnell Hall, visit the departmental website at http://www.lerner.udel.edu/departments/accounting-mis/about-accounting-mis, call at (302) 831-2961; or contact the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics Office of Undergraduate Advising, 102 Purnell Hall, (302) 831-4369.-
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