Explore More Career Options as a CMA

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What is the CMA certification?

For 50 years, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) has been helping students make the jump from the classroom to rewarding careers. Open the door to more opportunities in businesses and organizations around the world by mastering the 12 most critical practice areas in management accounting, including:

Planning & Analysis

Risk Management &
Internal Controls

Performance Management

Technology & Analytics

Core Practice Areas
Year CMA History
72 %
CMAs who love their job*
79 %
CMA creates career opportunities*

* IMA's 2021 Global Salary Survey

Who are Management Accountants?

The CMA prepares you to excel in finance and accounting jobs in virtually every industry. CMAs hold key positions ranging from staff accountant to controller and CFO at many companies, including Amazon, Disney, Apple, IBM, Caterpillar, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Google, Cummins, Nike, and many others. While many new professionals start their careers in public accounting, most transition to business and corporate roles just a few years later.

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Early Career

  • Staff Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Senior Accountant

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  • Accounting Manager
  • Assistant Controller
  • Director of FP&A (financial planning and analysis)

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Senior Positions

  • VP of Strategy, Finance and Analytics
  • Controller
  • CFO

For Educators

Learn how the CMA prepares your students for successful, meaningful careers.