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College of Business

Location: Crete
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The Bachelor of Arts in Accounting major is designed to provide students with educational opportunities to develop a solid foundation in accounting and financial practices and to provide additional coursework required for persons who wish to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Accountants are responsible for an organization's financial records. Most accountants work in specialized areas with duties that vary based on the type or organization or industry they are employed in. They may be charged with general accounting tasks such as maintaining and examining financial statements, performing budget work to help organizations run more efficiently, maintain financial systems, handling accounts payable and receivable, and preparing tax returns.

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. In general, employment growth of accountants and auditors is expected to be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. Globalization, a growing economy, and a complex tax and regulatory environment are expected to continue to lead to strong demand for accountants and auditors. Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupation Outlook Handbook.

As educational requirements vary by state, students interested in these programs should consult the General Licensure and Certification Disclosure page prior to enrollment. Please be aware that states often have state-specific additional licensure and/ or certification requirements. Students considering relocating should contact their program representative in order to determine if the program meets the new state requirements.

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2018 Median Pay: $70,500 per year
Job Outlook: +10% from 2016-2026
Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records. They ensure the records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time. They also assess financial operations and work to help ensure organizations run efficiently.

Financial Advisor
2018 Median Pay: $88,890 per year
Job Outlook: +15% from 2016-2026
Personal financial advisors provide advice on investments, insurance, mortgages, college savings, estate planning, taxes, and retirement to help individuals manage their finances.

Financial Examiner
2017 Median Pay: $80,180 per year
Job Outlook: +10% from 2016-2026
Financial examiners ensure compliance with laws governing financial institutions and transactions. They review balance sheets, evaluate the risk level of loans, and assess bank management.

Financial Manager
2018 Median Pay: $127,990 per year
Job Outlook: +19% from 2016-2026
Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for long-term financial goals of their organization. 

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
2018 Median Pay: $64,120 per year
Job Outlook: +6% from 2016-2026
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents connect buyers and sellers in financial markets. They sell securities to individuals, advise companies in search of investors, and conduct trades.

Financial Analysts
2018 Median Pay: $85,660 per year
Job Outlook: -1% from 2016-2026
Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents review tax returns, conduct audits, identify taxes owed, and collect overdue tax payments from individuals and businesses on behalf of the federal, state, or local government.


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Requirements for the Accounting Major:

Upon successful completion of the Accounting major, students qualify to take the CMA examination.

Requirements to Sit for the CPA Examination in the State of Nebraska:

Any student interested in writing the CPA examination in Nebraska after January 1, 1998 must meet the state-mandated "150-hour rule." Students should work closely with their academic adviser to be sure that they are aware of all of their options, which may include graduate study.

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Doane Accounting Club

Doane Accounting Club is an active club aimed at helping students better understand the accounting profession. The club regularly schedules guest speakers and arranges visits to accounting firms and businesses. Members also learn interviewing skills/techniques through mock interviews. During the spring semester, Accounting Club members help Doane students with their personal taxes by guiding them through the process and giving them the confidence to preparing their own return. Accounting Club members also contribute to the Doane community by becoming lab assistants and tutors for the principles-level accounting courses. They also assist the Doane Relay For Life committee with accounting tasks.

Phi Beta Lambda

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a national business association devoted to promoting interest in various fields ranging from accounting to computer programming.

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Lauren Schmidt
At Doane, I'm able to pursue all of my passions while obtaining an accounting degree that prepares me to sit for the CPA exam.

Lauren Schmidt ’19
Accounting and Business Administration

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Drew Hostert - Fitness Management
The connections I've made over the years sets my college experience at Doane apart.

Drew Hostert ’17
Health and Human Performance

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