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Accounting Schools

If you love crunching numbers and want to learn how to help businesses balance their books, a career in accounting might be just what you're looking for. Accounting trade schools can prepare you for a wide range of careers in this field. For example, you could learn how to work as an internal auditor, or professional who manages an organization's financial matters. Likewise, vocational training in accounting can also prepare you to work as a public accountant, or professional who provides a wide range of financial services to corporations, governments, and individuals, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).

Accounting specializations

Accounting trade schools teach students the skills to work in a wide range of jobs within the industry. According to the BLS, the following specializations are most common:

  • Government accountants- oversee the financial records of government agencies and audit private businesses and individuals in order to ensure compliance with government regulations
  • Information technology auditors-oversee an organization's computer systems in order to ensure that all financial data is secure
  • Internal auditors- Manage an organization's financial transactions in order to protect them from mismanagement
  • Management accountants- analyze the financial transactions of their organization in an effort to provide solid data for business purposes
  • Public accountants- provide a wide range of financial services to individuals, businesses, and corporations including consulting, accounting, and assistance with tax compliance.

Accounting certifications and degrees

According to the BLS, most accountants and auditors need at least a bachelor's degree in order to gain employment. However, in certain cases, those with an associate degree and on-the-job experience may be able to gain employment as a junior accountant and work his/her way up.

Most accountants and auditors have completed formal training and education in accounting. As the BLS noted, accountants and auditors commonly complete an apprenticeship or internship also, in order to gain some on-the-job experience. Because an accounting career relies heavily on numerical data, accounting students typically study subjects such as statistics, applied probability, and advanced algebra. Specific accounting classes will introduce students to topics such as financial accounting theory, federal and state income taxes, and business law.

Accounting salary and career outlook

Because the health of the accounting job market is tied in closely with the health of the economy, jobs in accounting are expected to increase at a healthy pace. According to the BLS, employment for auditors and accountants is expected to increase 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is about as fast as the average for all other occupations combined.

Projections Central also predicts that the following states will see even larger increases in employment for accountants and auditors from 2012 to 2022:

  • Colorado: 28.4 percent
  • Utah: 28.4 percent
  • Georgia: 25.7 percent
  • Arizona: 23 percent
  • Tennessee: 23 percent
  • Washington: 21.5 percent

The BLS reports that the annual median wage for accountants and auditors was $65,080 in May of 2013, with the top ten percent of earners bringing in $113,740 and the bottom ten percent earning $40,370 (BLS.gov/oes, 2013).

With healthy pay and plenty of job prospects on the table, it's not hard to understand why so many students are interested in an accounting career.

Sources:

Accountants and Auditors, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, April 1, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132011.htm

Accountants and Auditors, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm#tab-6

Accounting, Kelley School of Business, 2014, http://kelley.iupui.edu/undergrad/academics/majors/accounting/

Long Term Projections, Accountants and Auditors, Projections Central, State Occupational Projections, 2014, http://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

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Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

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Jacksonville: 4500 Salisbury Road Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

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Costa Mesa: 3150 Bristol Street, Suite 100, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Fresno: 45 East River Park Place West Suite 101 Fresno, CA 93720

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

Oklahoma City: 6501 Broadway Ext Suite 100 Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Tucson: 300 South Craycroft Road Tucson, AZ 85711

Clearfield: 1366 Legend Hills Drive Clearfield, UT 84015

Renton: 900 SW 16th Street Renton, WA 98057

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Flowood: 120 Stone Creek Blvd. Suite 200 Flowood, MS 39232

Springfield: 1343 East Kingsley Street Suite B,C Springfield, MO 65804

Overland Park: Pine Ridge Business Park 8345 Lenexa Drive Overland Park, KS 66214

Austin: 10801-2 N Mo Pac Expressway Suite 300 Austin, TX 78759

Indianapolis: 7999 Knue Road Suite 150 Indianapolis, IN 46250

Honolulu: 745 Fort Street Suite 2000 Honolulu, HI 96813

Richmond: 6600 West Broad Street Suite 200 Richmond, VA 23230

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Salt Lake City: 5373 S Green Street Suite 300 Salt Lake City, UT 84123

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Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Augusta: 3150 Perimeter Parkway Augusta, GA 30909

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Independence: 5005 Rockside Road Suite 130 Independence, OH 44131

Sacramento: 1760 Creekside Oaks Drive Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95833

Colorado Springs: 2 North Cascade Avenue Suite 100 Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Salem: 670 Hawthorne Ave. S.E. Salem, OR 97301

Jersey City: 100 Town Square Place Suite 305 Jersey City, NJ 07310

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Chicago: 203 N LaSalle St Chicago, IL 60601

Baton Rouge: 2431 S. Acadian Thruway Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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Arlington: 3900 Arlington Highlands Boulevard Suite 237 Arlington, TX 76018

Diamond Bar: 1370 S. Valley Vista Dr. Diamond Bar, CA 91765

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Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

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Pleasant Grove: 2174 West Grove Parkway Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

Meridian: 3080 East Gentry Way Suite 150 Meridian, ID 83642

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

Greenbelt: 7852 Walker Dr Greenbelt, MD 20770

Saint Louis: 211 North Broadway Suite 901 Saint Louis, MO 63102

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

El Centro: 3095 N. Imperial Avenue Suite 101 El Centro, CA 92243

Houston: 11451 Katy Freeway Suite 100 Houston, TX 77079

Washington: 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW Suite 150 Washington, DC 20001

West Des Moines: 6600 Westown Parkway West Des Moines, IA 50266

Miami: 13400 SW 120th Street Miami, FL 33186

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

Temple Terrace: 12802 Tampa Oaks Boulevard Suite 200 Temple Terrace, FL 33637

Tulsa: 10810 East 45th Street Suite 102 Tulsa, OK 74146

Nashville: 616 Marriott Drive Suite 150 Nashville, TN 37214

Bossier City: 350 Plaza Loop Drive Bldg E Bossier City, LA 71111

San Antonio: 8200 West Interstate 10 Suite 910 San Antonio, TX 78230

Southfield: 26261 Evergreen Road Southfield, MI 48076

Henderson: 7777 Eastgate Road Henderson, NV 89011

Los Angeles: 14320 Firestone Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038

Kapolei: Kapolei Building 1001 Kamokila Blvd Kapolei, HI 96707

Kansas City: 901 East 104th Street Suite 200 Kansas City, MO 64131

St. Louis: Riverport Executive Center II 13801 Riverport Drive, Suite 100 St. Louis, MO 63043

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

Killeen: 902 West Central Texas Expressway Suite 300 Killeen, TX 76541

Birmingham: 100 Corporate Parkway Suite 250 Birmingham, AL 35242

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

San Jose: 3590 N. First St San Jose, CA 95134

Mesa: 1620 South Stapley Drive Mesa, AZ 85204

Cordova: 65 Germantown Court Suite 100 Cordova, TN 38018

Dallas: 12400 Coit Road Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75251

Braintree: 100 Grossman Drive Suite 201 Braintree, MA 02184

Louisville: 10400 Linn Station Road Suite 120 Louisville, KY 40223

San Bernardino: 451 E. Vanderbilt Way Suite 100 San Bernardino, CA 92408

Santa Teresa: 1270 Country Club Road Santa Teresa, NM 88008

Warrenville: 4525 Weaver Parkway Warrenville, IL 60555

Greenwood: 3209 West Smith Valley Road Suite 214 & 215 Greenwood, IN 46142

St Louis Park: 435 Ford Road Suite 1000 St Louis Park, MN 55426

Columbus: 7200 North Lake Drive Columbus, GA 31909

Wayne: 170 South Warner Road Suite 200 Wayne, PA 19087

Lancaster: 1220 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

Savannah: 8001 Chatham Center Drive Suite 200 Savannah, GA 31405

Raleigh: 5511 Capital Center Drive Suite 390 Raleigh, NC 27606

Charlotte: 10925 David Taylor Drive Charlotte, NC 28262

Mission: 4201 South Shary Road Mission, TX 78572

Guaynabo: B7 Calle Tabonuco Suite 700 Guaynabo, PR 00968

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Saint Cloud: 226 Park Avenue South Saint Cloud, MN 56301

Fort Myers: 9160 Forum Corporate Parkway Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL 33905

Bismarck: 1701 E. Century Ave. Bismarck, ND 58503

Mokena: 8650 West Spring Lake Road Mokena, IL 60448

Rockford: 6000 E State St 4th Floor Rockford, IL 61108

Wausau: 1101 Westwood Drive Wausau, WI 54401

Circle Pines: 3629 95th Avenue Northeast Circle Pines, MN 55014

Aurora: 2363 Sequoia Dr. Aurora, IL 60506

Green Bay: 904 South Taylor St. Suite 100 Green Bay, WI 54303

Romeoville: 1400 W. Normantown Road Romeoville, IL 60446

Mankato: 501 Holly Lane Mankato, MN 56001

New Port Richey: 8661 Citizens Drive New Port Richey, FL 34654

Minneapolis: 8301 93rd Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55445

Fargo: 4012 19th Avenue SW Fargo, ND 58103

Tampa: 4042 Park Oaks Blvd Suite 100 Tampa, FL 33610

Topeka: 620 SW Governor View Topeka, KS 66606

Moorhead: 1250 29th Avenue South Moorhead, MN 56560

Appleton: 3500 E. Destination Drive Suite 100 Appleton, WI 54915

Lake Elmo: 8565 Eagle Point Circle Lake Elmo, MN 55042

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Ocala: 2100 SW 22nd Place Ocala, FL 34471

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San Antonio: 5700 Northwest Parkway San Antonio, TX 78249

Murray: 920 West LeVoy Drive Murray, UT 84123

Charleston: 2431 W. Aviation Avenue Charleston, SC 29406

Overland Park: 7600 West 119th Street Suite 100 Overland Park, KS 66213

Austin: 6330 Hwy 290 E Austin, TX 78723

Webster: 1001 Magnolia Ave. Webster, TX 77598

Houston: 15621 Blue Ash Drive Houston, TX 77090

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Littleton: 8242 S. University Blvd. Ste. 100 Littleton, CO 80122

Tulsa: 8040 S. Sheridan Road Tulsa, OK 74133

Austin: 6800 West Gate Blvd. #101 Austin, TX 78745

Lees Summit: 401 NW Murray Road Lees Summit, MO 64081

Saint Charles: 1106 Wolfrum Road Saint Charles, MO 63304

Hopkins: 10901 Red Circle Drive Ste. 150 Hopkins, MN 55343

Rapid City: 5301 South Highway 16 Rapid City, SD 57701

Sioux Falls: 5801 South Corporate Place Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Kansas City: 7490 NW 87th Street Kansas City, MO 64153

Rochester: 3906 East Frontage Highway 52 Road NW Rochester, MN 55901

Georgetown: 1015 W University Ave Ste 700 Georgetown, TX 78628

Bellevue: 3604 Summit Plaza Dr. Bellevue, NE 68123

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Orlando: 5600 Lake Underhill Road Orlando, FL 32807

Fort Myers: 9100 Forum Corporate Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33905

Sarasota: 6151 Lake Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240

Miami: 2101 NW 117th Avenue Miami, FL 33172

Port Saint Lucie: 10330 South U.S. 1 Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952

Melbourne: 900 S. Babcock St. Melbourne, FL 32901

Fort Lauderdale: 1500 W. Commercial Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

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Miami: 8700 W. Flagler St. Ste. 100 Miami, FL 33174

North Brunswick: 630 US Highway One North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Arlington: 2450 Crystal Dr. Arlington, VA 22202

Bethesda: 4550 Montgomery Avenue Suite 100 North Bethesda, MD 20814

Sandy: 9350 S. 150 E. Suite 420 Sandy, UT 84070

Orlando: 1800 Pembrook Drive Suite 160 Orlando, FL 32810

Memphis: 6401 Poplar Ave Suite 600 Memphis, TN 38119

Alhambra: 1000 South Fremont Avenue Unit 40, Building A-11, First Floor Alhambra, CA 91803

Rego Park: 99-21 Queens Blvd. Rego Park, NY 11374

Paramus: 35 Plaza Professional Center 81 Rte. 4 W. Ste. 102 Paramus, NJ 07652

Oakland: 505 14th St. Oakland, CA 94612

Glendale: 6751 N. Sunset Blvd. Ste. 104 Glendale, AZ 85305

Cherry Hill: 921 Haddonfield Road Ste. D Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Gurnee: 1075 Tri-State Pkwy. Ste. 800 Gurnee, IL 60031

New York: 180 Madison Ave. Suite 900 New York, NY 10016

Jacksonville: 5200 Belfort Road Jacksonville, FL 32256

Fort Worth: 301 Commerce Street Suite 2000 Fort Worth, TX 76102

Tampa: 6700 Lakeview Center Drive Suite 150 Tampa, FL 33619

Fort Lauderdale: 600 Corporate Dr. Suite 200 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

Austin: 11044 Research Blvd Suite B100 Austin, TX 78759

Charlotte: Charleston Row 2015 Ayrsley Town Blvd. Ste. 109 Charlotte, NC 28273

Houston: 11125 Equity Drive Houston, TX 77041

Columbus: 1350 Alum Creek Drive Columbus, OH 43209

Oxnard: 300 E. Esplanade Dr., Suite 100, Oxnard, CA 93036

Pittsburgh: 210 Sixth Avenue Suite 200 Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Alpharetta: 2555 Northwinds Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30009

Anaheim: 1900 S. State College Blvd. Suite 150 Anaheim, CA 92806

Daly City: 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd. Suite 161 Daly City, CA 94014

Decatur: One West Court Square Ste. 100 Decatur, GA 30030

Philadelphia: 1800 JFK Blvd Suite 104 Philadelphia, PA 19103

Naperville: 2056 Westings Ave Suite 40 Naperville, IL 60563

Dayton: 3610 Pentagon Blvd. Ste. 100 Dayton, OH 45431

Indianapolis: 9100 Keystone Crossing Suite 300 Indianapolis, IN 46240

Portland: 9755 SW Barnes Road Peterkort Center II Portland, OR 97225

Bakersfield: 3000 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93304

Palmdale: One 39115 Trade Center Dr. Ste. 100 Palmdale, CA 93551

Nashville: 3343 Perimeter Hill Dr. Suite 200 Nashville, TN 37211

Southfield: 26999 Central Park Blvd. Suite 125 Southfield, MI 48076

Lynnwood: Lynnwood Center Redstone Corporate Center I 19020 Lynnwood, WA 98036

Tinley Park: 18624 West Creek Drive Tinley Park, IL 60477

Phoenix: 2149 West Dunlap Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85021

Merrillville: Twin Towers 1000 East 80th Place Ste. 222 Mall Merrillville, IN 46410

Irving: 4800 Regent Blvd. Irving, TX 75063

Elgin: Randall Point 2250 Point Blvd. Suite 250 Elgin, IL 60123

Cincinnati: 8800 Governor's Hill Drive Cincinnati, OH 45249

Fresno: 7575 North Fresno St. Suite 575 Fresno, CA 93720

San Diego: 2655 Camino Del Rio North Suite 201 San Diego, CA 92108

Duluth: 3505 Koger Blvd. Suite 170 Duluth, GA 30096

Henderson: 2490 Paseo Verde Parkway Suite 150 Henderson, NV 89074

King of Prussia: 150 Allendale Road Suite 3250 King of Prussia, PA 19406

Independence: 6000 Lombardo Center Suite 200 Independence, OH 44131

Pomona: 901 Corporate Center Drive Pomona, CA 91768

Colton: 1090 E Washington St Colton, CA 92324

Louisville: 10172 Linn Station Rd. Suite 300 Louisville, KY 40223

Bellevue: 600 108th Ave. NE Suite 230 Bellevue, WA 98004

San Antonio: 1919 NW Loop 410 Suite 150 San Antonio, TX 78213

Fremont: 6600 Dumbarton Circle Fremont, CA 94555

Chesapeake: 1317 Executive Blvd. Suite 100 Chesapeake, VA 23320

Broomfield: 1870 W 122nd Ave Broomfield, CO 80023

Saint Louis: 11830 Westline Industrial Dr. Suite 550 Saint Louis, MO 63146

Colorado Springs: 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Denver: 1870 W. 122nd Ave. Denver, CO 80234

Hollywood: 2300 Southwest 145th Ave. Hollywood, FL 33027

Stockbridge: 675 Southcrest Parkway Ste. 100 Stockbridge, GA 30281

Milwaukee: 411 E. Wisconsin Ave. Ste 300 Milwaukee, WI 53202

Downers Grove: Highland Landmark V 3005 Highland Pkwy. Ste. 100 Downers Grove, IL 60515

Mesa: 1201 South Alma School Road Suite 5450 Mesa, AZ 85210

Sugar Land: 14100 Southwest Frwy. Ste. 100 Sugar Land, TX 77478

Oklahoma City: 4013 NW Expressway St Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Auburn: 3600 South 344th Way Auburn, WA 98001

Englewood: 6312 S Fiddlers Green Circle, Suite 150E Englewood, CO 80111

San Jose: 2160 Lundy Ave. Suite 250 San Jose, CA 95131

Manassas: 10432 Balls Ford Road Suite 150 Manassas, VA 20109

Addison: 1221 North Swift Road Addison, IL 60101

Elk Grove: 2216 Kausen Dr. Ste. 1 Elk Grove, CA 95758

Fort Washington: 1140 Virginia Dr. Fort Washington, PA 19034

Atlanta: 100 Galleria Parkway SE Suite 100 Atlanta, GA 30339

Morrisville: 1600 Perimeter Park Drive Suite 100 Morrisville, NC 27560

Long Beach: 3880 Kilroy Airport Way Long Beach, CA 90806

Sherman Oaks: 15301 Ventura Blvd B-100 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Richardson: 2201 N. Central Expressway Richardson, TX 75080

Minneapolis: 7700 France Ave. S. Ste. 575 Minneapolis, MN 55435

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