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Accounting Careers and Salary Outlook

Discover career security through a mastery of accountancy.

To be successful in a managerial accountancy role, you need to cultivate strong analytical, quantitative, and leadership skills. You must also perform well under pressure and be able to communicate accountancy data using clear, appropriate, responsible techniques. To succeed in these positions, you must also have a strong sense of ethics and possess working regulatory knowledge. Leaders who manage a team must also have strong mentoring and coaching skills to ensure your department thrives.

Someone working in accountancy may support a number of job functions including financial advisory, consulting, growth enterprise, taxes, audits, fraud investigations and more.

Those working in accountancy leadership roles may work in a variety of professional environments, including the Big 4 accounting firms: Deloitte LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst & Young and KPMG. Graduates may also work for regional and local public accounting firms with a focus on advancing the financial growth of these organizations.

Employment for accountants and auditors is projected to grow by 10 percent from 2016 to 2026.1

Accountancy Career Paths and National Median Salaries


Median Salary

Accounting Director


Corporate Controller


Tax Director


Managing Director, Banking


Senior Manager Accountant / Auditor


Financial Reporting Manager


Chief Risk Officer


Risk Analyst


Compliance Director


Forensic Accountant


Award-Winning Faculty and Distinguished CPA-Certified Alumni Set You Up For Success

The University of Scranton's online Master of Accountancy (MAcc) ensures students are immersed in real-world, practical topics, and courses are led by CPA-certified faculty members. Our faculty are not only experts in the industry, but many remain active practitioners or consultants with our Accounting Department Partnership Council (ADPC). The program also includes a deep discount for the Big 4 Firms-endorsed Wiley CPAexcel® materials. Students are offered access to the tool until they pass their CPA exam.

Featuring Concentrations to Support In-Demand Careers

In addition to our core MAcc curriculum, The University of Scranton offers unique concentrations that allow graduates to enter emerging fields in accounting.

Forensic Accounting Concentration
Develop the skills to combat financial and occupational fraud. Through courses in auditing, reporting, ethics, fraud detection and analytics, you'll be able to investigate fraud and present your findings everywhere from the boardroom to the courtroom. You'll also be prepared to offer expert consultation on risk management and regulatory compliance.

Accounting Analytics Concentration
Gain the business intelligence skill set necessary to inform an organization's strategy through analysis, evaluation, and visualization. You'll be equipped to use data mining to draw valuable forecasting insights from big data, and communicate your findings appropriately and ethically. At a time when organizations are finding access to more data than ever before, the implementation of cutting-edge analytics offers an organization revolutionary potential for improvement.

General Option

Students also have the option to customize their program. Simply choose any five of the 16 available electives that suit your interests.

In order to prepare you for success, we also offer a wide variety of supplements exclusively to our students including:

  • The Vault: an online resource library for industry research, rankings, internships, and job postings. Most popular: their guide books! Students (and faculty) can download the books for free!
  • Big Interview: an online mock interview tool. We are seeing a trend of online/virtual interviews and this can help students practice questions (of varying levels and topics) and feel more comfortable in the virtual interview environment.
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Job search assistance
  • Job postings from employers that want Scranton Alumni

Learn More

Discover how an online Master of Accountancy from The University of Scranton can advance your career. Request more information or speak with a Program Manager at 866-373-9547.

1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 June 11). Accountants and Auditors. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved July 19, 2019, from
2Payscale (n.d.). Average Accounting Director Salary. Retrieved July 19, 2019, from
3Payscale (n.d.). Average Corporate Controller Salary. Retrieved July 19, 2019, from
4Payscale (n.d.). Average Tax Director Salary. Retrieved July 19, 2019, from
5Payscale (n.d.). Average Managing Director, Banking Salary. Retrieved July 19, 2019, from
6Payscale (n.d.). Average Senior Manager Accountant Salary. Retrieved July 19, 2019, from
7Payscale (n.d.). Average Financial Reporting Manager Salary. Retrieved July 19, 2019, from
8Payscale (n.d.). Average Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Salary. Retrieved July 19, 2019, from
9Payscale (n.d.). Average Risk Analyst Salary. Retrieved July 19, 2019, from
10Payscale (n.d.). Average Compliance Director Salary. Retrieved July 19, 2019, from
11Payscale (n.d.). Average Forensic Accountant Salary. Retrieved July 19, 2019, from