Accounting Professor

Teach university students about accounting.

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Salary Range
$35,000 – $152,000

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What do Accounting Professors do?

As an Accounting Professor, you train the next generation of Accountants. Employed by colleges and universities, your job is to teach students the skills they need to “do the books” for individuals and corporations.

When they’re young, most children fantasize about becoming Firefighters, Actors, and Musicians. Very few, it’s safe to say, dream of becoming Accountants. And yet, there comes a time in every child’s life when coins become more important than candy—and that’s when many students start signing up for your practical classes.

Because you’re a Professor, you spend most of your time in the classroom doing typical teaching tasks, like advising students, planning curriculums, choosing textbooks, preparing syllabi, giving lectures, assigning and reviewing homework, and giving and grading exams. As an Accounting Professor, you teach students how to prepare and read balance sheets, analyze cash flow, calculate net worth, create budgets, prepare tax returns, and so much more.

In addition, however, you might be asked to serve on university committees, conduct accounting research, present at accounting conferences, and write scholarly articles in accounting industry journals.

Although few of them answer “Accountant” when they’re asked what they want to be when they grow up, counting is one of the first things kids learn to do. For those who love it as much in college as they did in kindergarten, accounting is an ideal career that you help them learn, pursue, and achieve.

Should I be an Accounting Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Accounting Instructor

    How to become an Accounting Professor

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