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Of all the positions within the public accounting field, the most esteemed accountant job is known as the Certified Public Accountant. Otherwise known as a CPA, this individual passes a rigorous professional examination and must meet licensing requirements.
CPA Requirements differ according to individual State Boards of Accountancy. Some states require working in CPA firms for a specific time period. Some states give options such as governmental agencies, nonprofit, and/or CPA firms. Usually they require some auditing experience be obtained.
In short, all individuals passing the CPA exam must work in certain industries for a specific time in order to apply for a CPA license.
Check with your local State Board of Accountancy for specifics. If you are uncertain about your State Board of Accountancy website address, visit NASBA for a link.