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Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance

CAReer  Opportunities

Accountants are at the center of business operations of all kinds.  It is a degree that lets you do just about anything you want in the business world.  Accountants work with businesses to develop business and information systems strategies.  They help investors by analyzing mergers and acquisitions.  They enable government to develop new measures of economic efficiency.  They assist boards of directors by implementing corporate controls.  They work with all types of organizations to measure and communicate financial results.  Accountants and auditors help to ensure that firms are run efficiently, public records kept accurately, and taxes paid properly and on time. They analyze and communicate financial information for various entities such as companies, individual clients, and Federal, State, and local governments. Beyond carrying out the fundamental tasks of the occupation—providing information to clients by preparing, analyzing, and verifying financial documents—many accountants also offer budget analysis, financial and investment planning, information technology consulting, and limited legal services.

Some accountants go into public accounting and become partners in accounting firms.  Others go into corporations as internal auditors, managerial accountants, tax planners, and information systems consultants.  Government agencies, including the IRS, FDIC, U.S. Department of the Treasury, state agencies, and local government also employ accountants.  Accounting offers competitive starting salaries and long-term growth potential. 

PLAN OF STUDY and Degree Information


The accounting major provides a student with the analytical foundation to excel as a certified public accountant, internal auditor, financial manager, controller, tax advisor and consultant. Tools and techniques of planning, control and decision analysis (including computer applications) are developed in broad areas such as financial and managerial accounting, income taxes, consulting, cost analysis, and computer information systems.  The skills that have been identified for recruiting accounting students include: strong quantitative skills; problem identification/solving skills; strong interpersonal skills including communication, listening,  and leadership; strong writing skills; a national and global perspective; the ability to manage time well; to be self-disciplined; and to have a strong work ethic. 

  • You will learn about such important topics as taxation, financial statement analysis, auditing, accounting information systems, and payroll accounting.

Extracurricular Activities

The Accounting and Finance Association is a club that supports networking and career exploration for careers in the accounting and finance professions.

Enactus is a student organization in the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business.  Enactus uses a business mindset and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living of people in need and help businesses achieve profitability.

As an AACSB accredited business school, the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business is eligible to pursue Beta Gamma Sigma (International Honors Society for Business students) and Beta Alpha Psi (International Honors Society for Financial Information Professionals with degrees in accounting, finance, or computer information systems).

The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business supports an annual summer study abroad trip, which focuses on business and cross-cultural issues.  Locations include Denmark, Sweden, England, Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Cananda.


Average wage (TX) - $65,780 
Average wage (US) - $67,430

Average wage (TX) - $65,780
Average wage (US) - $67,430

Budget Analyst
Average wage (TX) - $66,110
Average wage (US) - $69,240

Credit Analyst
Average wage (TX) - $66,360
Average wage (US) - $67,230

Financial Manager
Average wage (TX) - $113,120
Average wage (US) - $113,730

Tax Examiner & Revenue Agent
Average wage (TX) - $51,970
Average wage (US) - $53,800

Treasurer & Controller
Average wage (TX) - $113,120
Average wage (US) - $113,730

Wage information taken from http://wtamu.myplan.com


  • Mathematics to solve problems.
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

ReSOURCE HighlightS

  • McCray Professorship of Business
  • Schaeffer Professorship of Business Ethics
  • Wilder Scholarship
  • Glover Scholarship
  • AICPA Scholarship
  • Haggard Scholarship
  • Bagley Scholarship
  • Pulliam Scholarship
  • Hall Scholarship
  • Trekell Scholarship
  • Fox Scholarship
  • Oldham Scholarship
  • Pickens Scholarship
  • Hudgins Crosier Sumpter P.C. Intern Scholarship
  • Worsham and Brown, Graham and Company Scholarship
  • Glover Classroom
  • Liles Classroom


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