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Accounting Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Accounting! If you like working with people, problem solving and working as a team player, accounting is definitely the career for you. Set aside any stereotypes you may have of accountants sitting alone at their desks, merely crunching numbers. Today, nothing could be further from the truth!

Accountants generate and evaluate financial information and serve as trusted business advisors to a wide variety of clients. They serve as consultants in many business decisions, including capital or investment decisions, financial information system design and implementation, and tax planning. You may have even heard the reference to accounting as “the language of business.” Today’s accountants need to be skilled “translators” of accounting information, as they work closely with others to solve problems and meet the challenges of the contemporary business world.

Recruiters from “Big 4” accounting firms, Fortune 500 companies and many other businesses still have a need for this expertise. Last fall, more than a dozen recruiters from national and regional firms came to campus searching for accounting majors for internships and full-time positions. Choosing accounting as a major along with another business major or minor (such as an MIS major or Financial Planning minor) may allow you to select from among the best offers!

You can find some of the latest news in the Snapshot of the UMD Accounting Program.

If you would like to learn more about the accounting curriculum or the Small Business Initiative in Accounting, I encourage you to talk with any of our accounting faculty or upper-division accounting students. You may also want to attend a meeting of the Accounting Club as a way to learn more about accounting careers and the kinds of skills that are sought after by employers.

Please feel free to stop by my office. My door is always open (at least figuratively). I am also available by telephone at 726-7150 or E-mail at


Randy Skalberg, Chair