If you understand debits and credits, there’s no telling where your career can take you. But first you need to make some decisions. Do you want to focus on traditional accounting roles, such as managerial or financial accounting, or is specialization more your style? Would you prefer to start out with a public or corporate position? What kind of salary do you expect to make?

As an accounting student, it’s important to begin thinking about these questions now. The American Institute of CPAs says companies are increasingly looking for “problem solvers with a deep knowledge base” instead of generalists, which means choices you make now can impact your entire career trajectory. If you’re still in school, or have recently graduated, you still have time to explore your options.

Here are some opportunities to consider:

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