Career and Leadership Development


Accountants and auditors prepare, analyze, and verify financial reports. The four major fields of accounting are public, management, government accounting, and internal auditing. Public accountants may have their own business or work for accounting firms. Management accountants, also called industrial or private accountants, handle the financial reports of a company. Internal auditors verify the accuracy of their firms' financial records and check for waste and fraud. Government accountants and auditors examine the records of government agencies and audit private businesses and individuals whose dealings are subject to government regulation. Some accountants teach, work as consultants, or serve on committees of professional organizations. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting. The Master of Professional Accounting degree satisfies the new requirements of 150 units to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination.

Emphases within the major:

Accounting (BBA)
Master of Public Accountancy (MPA)

Major skills acquired:

Analytical Thinking
Attention to Detail & Accuracy
Business Computer Software
Communication (Oral, Written)

Financial Management
Interpersonal Skills
Math/Numerical Reasoning

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles number). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.

Accountant, Budget (160.167-014)
Accounting Management Trainee
Auditor, County or City (160.167-030)
Auditor, Internal (160.167-034)
Auditor, Tax (160.167-038)
Bank Officer/Examiner (160.167-054)
Budget Analyst (161.267.030)
Claims Adjuster (241.267-018)

Controller/Chief Financial Officer (160.167-058)
Corporate Auditor
Cost Accountant (160.167-018)
Credit Analyst (191.267-014)
Director, Utility Accounts (160.267-014)
Internal Auditor Trainee (160.167-034)
Staff Accountant (216.482-010)
Tax Analyst/Planning (219.362.070)

Representative employers that have hired our students:

Accountants On Call- Saukville, WI
Accutec- Oak Creek, WI
Allegiance Health Care- McGaw Park, IL
American Family Insurance- Madison, WI
ATI Instruments NA- Madison, WI
Banta Company- Menasha, WI
BDO Seidman LLP- Milwaukee, WI
Beloit Corporation- Beloit, WI
Berwyn G. Westra & Assoc.- Waupun, WI
Briggs & Stratton- West Allis, WI
Brodbeck Enterprises- Platteville, WI
Central States Funds- Rosemont, IL
Cerbins, Wyss, Reffue & Pas- Monroe, WI
City of Janesville- Janesville, WI
Cleary Building Corp.- Verona, WI
Clifton Gunderson- West Allis, WI
CNA Insurance Companies- Chicago, IL
Commerce Clearinghouse- Northbrook, IL
Conley McDonald & Co.- Brookfield, WI
Deignan & Associates- Lake Geneva, WI
Deloitte & Touche LLP- Milwaukee, WI
Ernst & Young- Milwaukee, WI
Express- Madison, WI
Fagree & Benson- Minneapolis, MN
First National Bank- Manitowoc, WI
Firstar Corp- Milwaukee, WI
Gerald K. Hartlaub- Lake Geneva, WI
Grant Thornton - Milwaukee, WI
Industrial Electric Wire & Cable - New Berlin, WI
United Government Services (Part of BC/BS)- Milwaukee, WI
V/H Associates- New Berlin, WI
Village of East Troy- East Troy, WI
Virchow Krause & Co.- Brookfield, Madison, Watertown, WI
Vrakas Blum- Brookfield, WIGrant Thornton- Madison, WI
H.G. Siepert- Beloit, WI
Heritage Insurance- Sheboygan, WI
Husco International- Waukesha, WI
IDS Financial Services- Minneapolis, MN
Kohler Company- Kohler, WI
Kolb Lauwasser- West Allis, WI
KPMG Peat Marwick- Boston, MA
Lands' End- Dodgeville, WI
Lindstrom, Sorenson, & Assoc. LLC- Rockford, IL
M&I Bank- Milwaukee, WI
Menasha Corp- Menasha, WI
MK Cellular - Fort Atkinson, WI
Moore Business Forms- Greenwood, SC
Morton, Nehls, & Tierney- Madison, WI
Otto & Associates - Wauwatosa, WI
Price Waterhousecoopers- Milwaukee, WI
Public Science LLC
Quad/Graphics- Sussex, WI
RSM McGladrey - Madison, WI
SC Johnson- Racine, WI
Schenck & Associates- Appleton, WI
Schneider National- Green Bay, WI
Senior Summer School Inc.- Madison, WI
Shinners, Hucovski & Co.- Green Bay, WI
Smith & Gesteland- Madison, WI
Snap-on Tools Corp.- Kenosha, WI
Stephan Company - Northfield, IL
Strong Capital Management- Milwaukee, WI
Suby Von Haden & Assoc.- Madison, WI
The Navigators - Colorado Springs, CO
US Bancorp - Milwaukee, WI
Wegner CPAs- Baraboo, Madison, WI
WI Legislative Audit Bureau - Madison, WI
Wipfli, Ullrich & Bertelson- Rhinelander, WI
Wisconsin Power & Light- Madison, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

University of Wisconsin- Whitewater
University of Wisconsin- Madison
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Marquette University- Milwaukee
Notre Dame-Indiana
Louisiana Tech-Louisiana

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development

UW-Whitewater Accounting Department
Departmental Office, Hyland Hall 3301
Phone: (262) 472-1344

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants
235 N. Executive Drive, Suite 208
P.O. Box 1010
Brookfield, WI 53008-1010

American Society of Women Accountants
8405 Greensboro Drive, Suite 800
McLean, VA 22102

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
716 West Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-2727

The Institute of Internal Auditors
249 Maitland Avenue
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701-4201

National Society of Accountants
1010 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1574

National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
7474 Greenway Center Drive, Suite 1120
Greenbelt, MD 20770

The Institute of Management Accountants
10 Paragon Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645-1760


Departmental Update: 3/09