CMA careers are highly diversified and as such, open the doors to so many new and exciting job opportunities after CMA certification.
What does a CMA do, exactly?
The role of Certified Management Accountants is to utilize their decision-making, planning, and performance management skills to provide expert advice and reporting. From there, they work to create and implement a financial strategy that will benefit their organization.
These strategic roles are a major difference between CPA and CMA careers and job positions.
There are six pillars of knowledge that you acquire on your journey to become a CMA that guides you toward your new CMA career. You may have seen these highlighted by the IMA, but if not, here they are:
Strategy, Planning, and Performance: The ability to guide decisions, manage risk, and monitor performance.
Reporting and Control: Being able to measure your organization’s performance against standards and regulations and report on your findings.
Technology and Analytics: Knowing how to enhance organizational success by using relevant technology and analyzing data.
Business Acumen and Operations: Functioning across many arenas to improve company-wide operations.
Leadership: Stepping up and into a role that inspires and guides your team to achieve the goals of your organization.
Professional Ethics and Values: Working with integrity, ethics, and legal compliance and demonstrating a professional attitude at all times.So you finally got your CMA results back, and you passed the exam. Congratulations!
Now that you’re certified, hunting for a job may not be as easy as reading “Hiring Certified Management Accountant – please apply!”
You need to know what job titles to look for and from there, decide if their job duties are in line with how you picture advancing your CMA career.
Here are a few of the most common career paths after CMA that you can apply for:
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)