About the author: Neil Pirozzi has provided financial expertise to many companies throughout his career. Professional highlights include becoming manager at a Big Four accounting firm, and serving as Manager of Financial Reporting for Vernitron Corporation, Controller for Olayan America Corporation, and Chief Financial Officer for Andco, LLC, all based in New York.

People interested in finance can pursue a variety of careers with an accounting degree and a Certified Public Accountant credential. Obtaining a CPA can provide access to numerous industries. While many CPAs go into the financial services sector, virtually all corporations need qualified employees with solid accounting skills.

A recent Occupational Outlook Handbook article states that jobs for people with CPA credentials will grow more quickly than average through the year 2014. This is due in part to retirement among existing staff in accounting-related jobs. Likewise, as the economy begins to grow, companies will require more financial advice and oversight. New financial accountability laws also require companies to maintain internal controls that require qualified professionals to audit and manage them.

One of the interesting growth sectors for people with CPA credentials is forensic accounting. These professionals work within companies or as outside contractors, monitoring for fraudulent financial behaviors in order to protect companies, shareholders, employees, and customers.

Obtaining a CPA certification also gives financial professionals a foot in the door to a wide range of industries. As staff accountants increase their knowledge of their chosen companies and industries, many can advance to positions of significant responsibility, such as that of Chief Financial Officer.

For these reasons and many others, obtaining a CPA credential may provide a significant boost to any professional’s career.