Accounting

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What is the difference between an accountant and a CPA?

A CPA is an accountant who has passed the Uniform CPA Examination. CPAs are able to legally sign tax returns or represent clients during IRS tax audits. Accountants are able to audit books and prepare financial reports. CPAs are also required to complete 80 hours of continuous professional education every two years.

Where can accountants work?

Typically accountants can work as either a public, management, government account or as an internal auditor. Each of these specialties require at least a bachelor's degree. You can also choose a specialty within each of these fields, like healthcare or sports team accounting.

What does a forensic account do?

Forensic accounts investigate financial evidence in cases ranging from divorce to capital crimes. Forensic accountants require extra education in the form of a forensic accounting program. Many forensic accountants work for police departments, the FBI or CIA, while some work for private companies to deal with fraud and embezzlement.

What kind of person makes a good accountant?

A good candidate for the accounting program/career is detail oriented, an analytical thinker, and has good communication skills. It helps to have a good grasp of math and technology before entering the program, since those are critical skills in the field. Accountants must also have a high degree of integrity.
Program Advisor
Kathy Hewitt
Accounting Program Lead
hewitt@Klamathcc.edu
541-880-2261
7390 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603