Public vs. Corporate Accounting: What’s the Best Choice for You?

January 18th, 2018

By Steven Petroff, Toronto Financial Recruiter

Accounting is a great career choice. It’s an industry with many opportunities ripe for the picking. You just need to decide in which area of accounting you want to specialize.

Do you want to get into public or corporate accounting?

This is a question many accounting professionals go back and forth on. There are advantages to both career paths. It’s really about choosing the type of accounting that makes the most sense for your interests, skills, and career aspirations.

Public vs. Corporate Accounting

Accounting professional

Here we outline the advantages of public and corporate accounting.

The Advantages of Public Accounting Careers

Public accountants have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and develop diverse accounting experience.

Some of the main advantages of working as a public accountant include:

  • Growing opportunities: Job growth for public accountants is on the rise.
  • Quick advancement: You will have the opportunity to quickly advance your career and increase your earning potential.
  • Variety of work: You will have more opportunity to work with clients in different industries using many accounting techniques.
  • Specialization: You have the opportunity to work in many areas of accounting and identify an area of specialization.
  • Travel opportunities: If you enjoy traveling, public accounting often offers you the opportunity to travel to meet with clients.

Often cited drawbacks of public accounting include long hours, high paced work environments and tight deadlines.

The Advantages of Corporate Accounting Careers

Corporate accountants work for one company, analyzing and reporting on company financial information.

Some of the top advantages of working in corporate accounting include:

  • Work-life balance: Corporate accounting companies are increasingly focusing on creating strong work-life balance. There is less pressure to meet tight deadlines and increase billable hours.
  • Security: Jobs in corporate accounting are consistent and secure. Your job and role will remain relatively the same, day to day.
  • Specialization: Private accountants often have the opportunity to specialize in accounting practices for a specific industry or function.
  • Management opportunities: You will have the ability to work your way up to a management role, even without certification.

Some of the cons of this type of accounting include lack of variety and slower career growth.

Choosing one area of specialization in accounting doesn’t mean you are stuck in this area for your entire career. Many accountants make the switch. Choose the accounting career path that is the best choice for you.

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Steven Petroff

As a member of the IQ PARTNERS Financial Services & Insurance practice, Steven specializes in the recruitment of Accounting and Finance professionals. He supports a large network of candidates as a LinkedIn Profile Expert and Career Coach. Steven helps organizations find great people. He helps people find their path.