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Accounting E-Guide: Career Pathways for International Accountants in the U.S.

Monday | May 13, 2019 | by WES Advisor

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Career Pathways in Accounting is a comprehensive, step-by-step e-guide that provides an overview of licensing and certification requirements for accountants in the U.S., with state-specific resources.

You can download it directly from this post, completely free! Then you will be able to refer to it as often as necessary.

This e-guide is part of the Career Pathways series by WES Global Talent Bridge. The series outlines strategic planning for internationally trained immigrants seeking work in, or related to, their established professional fields once they relocate to the U.S.


Will This E-Guide Help Me Find Accounting Work in the U.S.?

Becoming an accountant in the U.S. is probably very different from how it is done in your home country. Accounting in the U.S. is a semi-regulated profession, meaning some accounting careers require licensure and others do not. For example, Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) must be licensed to practice in the U.S. However, each state regulates CPA license requirements and establishes its own scope of practice concerning professional licensure.

Career Pathways in Accounting can help you understand the steps involved in becoming an accountant and obtaining new accounting credentials in the U.S. It can also direct you to the appropriate licensing bodies and organizations along the way. You will find advice to guide your career whether you are just starting out or if you are already an internationally trained accountant.

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If the process of earning your accounting license in the United States seems too difficult or costly, this free e-guide also outlines alternative career opportunities related to the field of accounting that let you use your transferable skills, but do not require licensing.

Some related career examples include:

  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Brokerage Clerk
  • Purchasing Agent

Once you choose a path, the guide will help you find state-specific information about achieving your new goal.

Career Pathways in Accounting also describes the roles and responsibilities of accountants, common job titles in the field, as well as the educational requirements and certifications necessary to qualify for different positions.

Download the E-Guide

Career Pathways in Accounting

What Are Career Pathways E-Guides?

Career Pathways e-guides are a one-stop resource for skilled immigrants who wish to apply their education and skills in North America. Each guide offers comprehensive strategies and resources, catering toward specific subject areas and skilled immigrant professionals.

These free e-guides provide internationally trained professionals with the support they will need for every step of the journey toward professional success in the United States. That includes sector-specific advice on academic requirements, career options, and (when applicable) licensing and certification requirements.

Paul Feltman, deputy executive director for Global Talent Policy and Programs at WES, says that Career Pathways e-guides are “an essential reference for skilled immigrants who may have had to navigate their professional pathways on their own, with only limited resources available to them.”

To see the latest WES e-guides, visit this page. Stay tuned for upcoming e-guides in the fields of architecture, pharmacy, dentistry, and information technology (IT).

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WES Advisor is an initiative of World Education Services, a non-profit organization with over 45 years of experience in international education. We provide advice and resources for international students and skilled immigrants to help them make informed decisions about education, employment, immigration, and integration opportunities in the U.S. and Canada.