What does "CPA" stand for?


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The acronym CPA stands for Certified Public Accountant. It is the title given to any finance professionals who have passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination, and have fulfilled the educational and other licensing requirements deemed necessary by the state in which the person will be practicing. Though there is a National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, each state has their own specific requirements for licensure, including a predetermined amount of years of experience.

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A CPA's job involves analyzing the way money is being used in a business, as well preparing financial statements and taxes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting positions will continue to be in demand through 2022, and are a good career choice. A CPA usually specializes in a particular area of finance, and they typically work within the fields of public accountancy, business, education and industry and sometimes for the government.

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