Accounting Careers

careers in accountingCareer Overview

Accountants make sure firms keep accurate financial records, including paying and recording state and federal taxes. Accountants also assist individuals in preparing and filing accurate tax forms yearly and quarterly. Accountants are vital in assisting businesses with budget analysis, financial and investment planning, information technology consulting, and financial documentation. Accountants can work for private and public businesses and local, state, and federal government agencies.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree

Program Recommendations:


All accountant and auditor positions require at least a Bachelor’s degree. Most CPAs have their Master’s degree in accounting or finance.


Accountants can also become licensed through the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) to become CPAs (Certified Public Accountants). To become a CPA, accountants must pass the national exam and meet a given state’s requirements. To obtain a CPA license, most states require 150 semester hours of college coursework and an additional 30 hours beyond a bachelor’s degree. Many colleges offer combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in accounting that prepare graduates to pass their CPA exam.

Top School’s for Accountants:

University of Phoenix
Capella University
Walden University Online
Stratford Career Institute
Argosy University Online

Employment Trends


Average Salary for accountants in 2008: $59,400

Jobs in 2008 for accountants: 1,290,600

Projected employment openings for accountants through 2018: 1,570,000

Related Jobs:

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

Budget Analysts

Cost Estimators

Financial Analysts

Loan Officers

Personal Financial Advisors

Tax examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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