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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.


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

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

Livermore: 2481 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 94551

Houston: 4888 Loop Central Drive Houston, TX 77081

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

Jacksonville: 4500 Salisbury Road Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216

Indianapolis: 7999 Knue Road Suite 150 Indianapolis, IN 46250

Colorado Springs: 5725 Mark Dabling Boulevard Suite 150 Colorado Springs, CO 80919

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

Braintree: 100 Grossman Drive Suite 201 Braintree, MA 02184

Oakland: 1200 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

Renton: 900 SW 16th Street Renton, WA 98057

Tucson: 555 E. River Road Tucson, AZ 85704

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

Dallas: 12400 Coit Road Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75251

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

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

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

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

Cordova: 65 Germantown Court Suite 100 Cordova, TN 38018

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

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

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

Miami: 11410 NW 20th Street Miami, FL 33172

Albuquerque: 7471 Pan American West Freeway NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

Tigard: 13221 SW 68th Parkway Suite 500 Tigard, OR 97223

Beale AFB: 17849 16 Street Beale AFB, CA 95903

Fort Lauderdale: 550 W. Cypress Creek Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Honolulu: 745 Fort Street Suite 2000 Honolulu, HI 96813

Spring: 24624 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77386

Augusta: 3150 Perimeter Parkway Augusta, GA 30909

Virginia Beach: 150 Central Park Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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

Southfield: 26261 Evergreen Road Southfield, MI 48076

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

Warrenville: 4525 Weaver Parkway Warrenville, IL 60555

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

Henderson: 7777 Eastgate Road Henderson, NV 89011

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

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

Metairie: 1 Galleria Blvd. Metairie, LA 70001

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

Nashville: 616 Marriott Drive Suite 150 Nashville, TN 37214

Atlanta: 2600 Century Center Atlanta, GA 30345

San Diego: 1230 Columbia Street San Diego, CA 92101

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

Chicago: 203 N LaSalle St Chicago, IL 60601

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

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

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

Milwaukee: 10850 West Park Place Ste 150 Milwaukee, WI 53224

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

Clearfield: 1366 Legend Hills Drive Clearfield, UT 84015

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

Independence: 5005 Rockside Road Suite 130 Independence, OH 44131

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

Columbus: 7200 North Lake Drive Columbus, GA 31909

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Lone Tree: 10004 Park Meadows Drive Lone Tree, CO 80124

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

Columbia: 8830 Stanford Boulevard Suite 100 Columbia, MD 21045

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

Greenbelt: 7852 Walker Dr Greenbelt, MD 20770

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

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

Yuma: 899 East Plaza Circle Yuma, AZ 85365

Sandy Springs: 8200 Roberts Drive Suite 300 Sandy Springs, GA 30350

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

Kapolei: Kapolei Building 1001 Kamokila Blvd Kapolei, HI 96707

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

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

Charlotte: 3800 Arco Corporate Drive Suite 100 Charlotte, NC 28273

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

Costa Mesa: 3100 Bristol Street Suite 500 Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Guaynabo: B7 Calle Tabonuco Suite 700 Guaynabo, PR 00968

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

Lancaster: 1220 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

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

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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Kansas City: 1100 Main Street Ste. 118 Kansas City, MO 64105

Pittsburgh: 210 Sixth Ave. Ste. 200 Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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

Tampa: 3030 North Rocky Point Drive West Suite 100 Tampa, FL 33607

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broomfield: 1870 W 122nd Ave Broomfield, CO 80023

Bakersfield: 3000 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93304

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

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

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

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

Naperville: 2056 Westings Ave Suite 40 Naperville, IL 60563

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

Auburn: 3600 S 344th Way 0 Auburn, WA 98001

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

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

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

Cherry Hill: Cherry Hill Center 921 Haddonfield Road Suite D Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Columbus: 1350 Alum Creek Drive Columbus, OH 43209

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

Manassas: 10432 Balls Ford Road Ste. 130 Manassas, VA 20109

Charlotte: 2015 Ayrsley Town Blvd. Suite 109 Charlotte, NC 28273

Orlando: 4000 Millenia Blvd. Orlando, FL 32839

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

Philadelphia: 1800 JFK Blvd Ste 200 Philadelphia, PA 19103

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

Phoenix: 2149 W. Dunlap Phoenix, AZ 85021

Fremont: 6600 Dumbarton Circle Fremont, CA 94555

Oakland: 505 14th St. Oakland, CA 94612

Alpharetta: 2555 Northwinds Pkwy. Alpharetta, GA 30009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pomona: 901 Corporate Center Drive Pomona, CA 91768

Austin: 11044 Research Blvd Suite B100 Austin, TX 78759

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

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

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

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

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Houston: 2000 West Loop South Suite 150 Houston, TX 77027

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

Stockbridge: 675 Southcrest Parkway Stockbridge, GA 30281

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

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

Indianapolis: 9100 Keystone Crossing Suite 300 Indianapolis, IN 46240

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

Jacksonville: 5200 Belfort Road Jacksonville, FL 32256

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Colton: 1090 E Washington St Colton, CA 92324

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

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

Arlington: 2405 Crystal City Dr. Arlington, VA 22202

Independence: 6000 Lombardo Center Suite 200 Independence, OH 44131

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

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

Irving: 4800 Regent Blvd. Irving, TX 75063

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

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