LOOKING FOR A CAREER PATH IN MATHEMATICS AS A STUDENT IN THE US? THE ROLE OF A PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT MAY BE FOR YOU

Maths is a frequently chosen subject at degree level and is popular with students in younger years as well. It’s stereotypically known for being a subject traditionally challenging, but with hard work, it’s a realistic subject if you want it to be. Many people don’t really know what careers there are associated with this degree, and while it is certainly not impossible to branch out into sectors unrelated to your degree, maths has several lucrative career paths if you choose to do it at university.  

Some of these jobs could be in research, software engineering or statistics. Mostly, however, mathematicians are popular candidates for employers as they gain highly sought-after skills that make them well suited to almost any problem-solving job. This makes it well worth considering and learning more about maths at the degree level.  This article will be focused on certified public accountants, their earning potential, and the recommended employers to help you get there after your degree.

CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT

Certified Public Accountants give advice to people, audit and give informative data on financial records. They can work in a wide variety of places, like in commerce, the public sector and practice firms. The main goal is to achieve as much profit for their employer or client. Some of their duties include taxation, business recovery, managing financial systems and their budgets, providing advice in terms of finances, and liaising with other auditors on transactions, and areas of improvement in their business.  

It’s easy to see how a maths degree could be so useful and desired for employers looking for certified public accountants, but there might also be other routes to get there. You’ll need the necessary skills to be suitable, such as having an interest in business and numeracy, as well as strong analytical and problem-solving skills.  

Being a certified public accountant means that you might be handling sensitive details about others’ finances, so the most important personality skills may be integrity and trustworthiness. As you can imagine, time management and great organisation are needed as part of the job. If you have a methodological approach to tackling problems and other aspects of life, then this may be the perfect role for you.  

ULTIMATE EARNING POTENTIAL FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE US

Position in Career  Associated Salary (US)  
Graduate  
To start your journey as a  certified public accountant, you must in most states have a degree and then pass specific accountant qualifications, such as all four parts of the state requirements. 
$19,000 
Trainee   
Once you have passed it will allow you to get your license and continue your education to become a fully certified public accountant. Remember that you must renew your licence every few years. 
$80,000 
Qualified Certified Public Accountant 
Being fully qualified means that you can begin to work and join other professional bodies, that will help you further your career. You can even choose to specialise in specific areas.   
$154,000  

TOP 10 EMPLOYERS

  1. Gamwell Caputo Kelsch & Co 
  2. Apple 
  3. Titus Regional Medical Center 
  4. Nordstrom Inc 
  5. AvantStay 
  6. Credit Suisse 
  7. Johnson, Mackowiak & Associates 
  8. Ketel Thorstenson, LLP 
  9. US Veterans Health Administration 
  10. MGM Resorts International 

In conclusion, as a maths graduate your options are never going to be limited – whatever path you decide to pursue, and you now know that there are multiple ways of finding a job. Whether you want to teach maths in another country or work in a global organisation abroad, international graduates and regular ones have many opportunities ahead of them. Most employers in this sector accept employees from all areas, so don’t allow your degree to restrict your view for the future. With a little perseverance, you’ll no doubt reach your goal and dream career as a new graduate.  


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