Bob Weede, Tax Process & Technology Executive at Microsoft and Lecturer in the Accounting Department, prepares to teach a course on data analytics. This includes everything from recording financial events (e.g. sale or return of a product, purchase of supplies, etc.) to posting in appropriate journals (e.g. Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, etc.) to preparing financial statements (e.g. balance sheets, income statements, etc.) to closing the books at the end of each accounting cycle.
Ray Ball, Sidney Davidson Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting, is coauthor of an article that revolutionized the understanding of the impact of corporate disclosure on share prices, and of earnings releases in particular, laying the foundation for much of the modern accounting literature.
Students have gained jobs in a wide range of business areas throughout industry and commerce, typically in business and finance professional roles, e.g. trainee chartered accountant, and associate roles, e.g. trader, and also in the public sector and other non-profit making organisations.
In general, an accountant performs vital functions to businesses, as well as individuals, of all types by offering a very wide array of business and accounting services, including public, management and government accounting, as well as internal auditing.
Job applicants who have a master’s degree in accounting or a master’s degree in business with a concentration in accounting also may have an advantage. The Big Four accounting firms actively recruit among our undergraduate accounting degree and graduate accounting degree students each year. This attitude is unfortunate, because the accounting results of a business can represent a wealth of information, and can help business owners make better decisions. The Accounting degree programme has a number of special features that make it a Degree Plus” programme. Pingyang Gao, associate professor of accounting, studies disclosure regulation, accounting standards setting, incentive and contracting, and equity valuation. Job placement of WSU master of accounting (.) graduates is outstanding, annually approaching 100%.