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The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase of up to 20% in accounting job openings through 2010. Accountants provide financial information for evaluating the present and planned activities of companies and organizations. Accounting is an excellent background if you are planning a career in business, as it offers career opportunities in a wide variety of positions. Every company, regardless of its size or structure, has an accounting function and employs the services of certified public accountants, auditors, tax advisors, financial managers, and consultants.

Accountants evaluate past performances of companies and make recommendations for improved performance. It’s the accountant’s responsibility to devise effective cost-cutting strategies aimed at improving an organization's overall performance, and they are essential to the effective operations of both business and not-for-profit organizations.

The Department of Accounting, Taxation and Law at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus offers two degrees leading to many types of careers in banking, public accounting, consulting and government, as well as providing preparation for entry into law school and MBA programs. Students learn essential skills in financial and managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing. Our curriculum provides a systems approach to develop students who are technically competent, alert to ethical issues, and able to adapt to changes in technology, regulation, and globalization. LIU-Brooklyn offers a BS degree in accounting as well as a combined B.S./M.S. degree that will satisfy the requirement of five years of accounting education, which is required by most states to become a CPA.

Student clubs for Accounting majors include the Accounting Society, who regularly sponsors professional events and host lectures from guest speakers in the accounting profession. The National Association of Black Accountants offers students experience by participating in mentorship and apprenticeship programs. LIU Accounting students also help low-income, disabled and non-English-speaking individuals in the community with their yearly tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Recent graduates are currently employed at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Bank of New York, Ernst and Young, and other successful businesses.

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