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

Livermore: 2481 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 94551

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Greenbelt: 7852 Walker Dr Greenbelt, MD 20770

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

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Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

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

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Independence: 5005 Rockside Road Suite 130 Independence, OH 44131

Oakland: 1200 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

Jacksonville: 9775 Crosshill Blvd. Suite 104 Jacksonville, FL 32222

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

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

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

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Warrenville: 4525 Weaver Parkway Warrenville, IL 60555

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

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Yuma: 899 East Plaza Circle Yuma, AZ 85365

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

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

Atlanta: 2600 Century Center Atlanta, GA 30345

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

Spring: 24624 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77386

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

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

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

Indianapolis: 7999 Knue Road Suite 150 Indianapolis, IN 46250

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

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Southfield: 26261 Evergreen Road Southfield, MI 48076

Beale AFB: 17849 16 Street Beale AFB, CA 95903

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

Kapolei: Kapolei Building 1001 Kamokila Blvd Kapolei, HI 96707

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

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

Mesa: 1620 South Stapley Drive Mesa, AZ 85204

Nashville: 616 Marriott Drive Suite 150 Nashville, TN 37214

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

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

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

Mission: 4201 South Shary Road Mission, TX 78572

Charlotte: 10925 David Taylor Drive Charlotte, NC 28262

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

Philadelphia: 1800 JFK Blvd Suite 104 Philadelphia, PA 19103

North Brunswick: 630 U.S. Highway One North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Paramus: 35 Plaza, 81 East State Route 4 Ste. 102 Paramus, NJ 07652

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

Oakland: 505 14th St. Oakland, CA 94612

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

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

Jacksonville: 5200 Belfort Road Jacksonville, FL 32256

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

Bethesda: 4550 Montgomery Ave. Suite 100 N. Bethesda, MD 20814

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

Oklahoma City: 4013 Northwest Expressway Suite 100 Oklahoma City, OK 73116

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

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

Independence: 6000 Lombardo Center Suite 200 Independence, OH 44131

Alpharetta: 2555 Northwinds Pkwy. Alpharetta, GA 30009

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

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

Fremont: 6600 Dumbarton Circle Fremont, CA 94555

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

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

Sandy: 9350 South 150 East Suite 420 Sandy, UT 84070

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

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

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

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

Stockbridge: 675 Southcrest Parkway Stockbridge, GA 30281

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

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Fargo: 4012 19th Avenue SW Fargo, ND 58103

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

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

Topeka: 620 SW Governor View Topeka, KS 66606

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

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

Wausau: 1101 Westwood Drive Wausau, WI 54401

Romeoville: 1400 W. Normantown Road Romeoville, IL 60446

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Houston: 15621 Blue Ash Drive Houston, TX 77090

Webster: 1001 Magnolia Ave. Webster, TX 77598

Marlton: 2 Greentree Center 9000 Lincoln Dr. E, Suite 100 Marlton, NJ 08053

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

San Antonio: 5700 Northwest Parkway San Antonio, TX 78249

Austin: 6330 Hwy 290 E Austin, TX 78723

Charleston: 2431 W. Aviation Avenue Charleston, SC 29406

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