Certified Public Auditor (CIA) Career Field

Career Overview

Certified Public Auditor (CIA) is a professional license available to accountants and auditors who have passed specific criteria. Accountants and auditors are the financial reporters of the business world. It is their job to ensure that businesses and organizations have accurate financial and public records. They also help to ensure that businesses pay their taxes on time and file accurate and correct tax forms. Accountants and auditors can also spend their time analyzing and communicating financial information to different departments and groups including clients, companies, and federal and state agencies. They may also assist their clients in financial planning, investment planning, and budgeting.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Financial Field
Master’s Degree in Accounting/Master’s Degree in Business Administration

Most accountants have at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related financial field. It is becoming more and more popular for firms and companies to hire accountants with a master’s degree in accounting or a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting.


Tax Preparation
Ethics and Finance Law
Financial Planning
Financial Reporting and Analysis Tools
Financial Reporting Computer Software

Licensing Requirements and Certifications

The Most common professional license and certification accountants obtain is their CPA (Certified Public Accounting) license. Any accountant filing reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission must have their CPA license. It’s required by law.  Most states require CPA’s to complete at least 150 semester hours of college coursework in an accredited accounting program. Of this, 30 hours must be graduate work, beyond a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must also pass a national accounting exam to become a CPA. It’s important for perspective accountants to know the CPA requirements for the state they wish to work in.

Another professional license available specifically to auditors is that of a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). This certification is available through the Institute of International Auditors. This certification requires auditors to to graduate from an accredited college program in the accounting and auditing field with at least a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have 2 years of experience working as an internal auditor and pass a four part examination. There are also other certifications available through the Institute of Internal Auditors including the Certified in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), and Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA) to those who pass the exams and meet educational and experience requirements.

School Recommendations

University of Texas, Austin
Brigham Young University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California

Employment Trends

Jobs Available for Accountants & Auditors in 2008: 1,290,600
Projected job openings for Accountants & Auditors through 2018: 1,570,000
Average Annual Salaries for Accountants & Auditors in 2008: $59,430

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics





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