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How will your accounting education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a accounting degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 2,470 brick and mortar accounting schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have accounting programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. University of Pennsylvania - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California
  3. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, Illinois

Student Demographics

In 2010, 90,699 students earned degrees in accounting in the US. Of these students, 11,983 received certifications in accounting, 64,425 received an undergraduate degree in accounting, and 14,291 received a graduate-level degree in accounting.

Academics

Students can pursue education in accounting at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Accounting
  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting
  • Master's Degree in Accounting
  • Doctoral Degree in Accounting
  • Certificate in Accounting

The skills and/or knowledge that accounting students can expect to gain during the course of their accounting education are:

  • Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Data Analysis

Cost

The average tuition at accounting schools around the nation was $25,399 per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following accounting schools:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920
  3. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana, students paid $40,584

The following accounting schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. North Carolina State University at Raleigh - located in Raleigh, North Carolina, students paid $5,475
  3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625

How will your accounting job compare?

The highest percentage of accounting graduates pursue careers as accountants. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 1,072,490 accountants were working in the US. The largest numbers of accountants work in the following states:

  1. California - 118,550 Accountants
  2. New York - 91,630 Accountants
  3. Texas - 81,210 Accountants

Projected Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people working as an accountant is expected to grow by 17% by 2018. There are projected to be 1,585,290 accountants working in the US then. The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for accountants over the next few years:

  1. Utah - 35%
  2. Maryland - 26%
  3. Virginia - 25%

Salary

Accountants in the US can make an average of $64,017 per year. However, factors such as education, seniority, or your previous performance reviews can cause the salary for an accountant to vary greatly. An accountant in the US can earn anywhere from less than $16,090 per year to more than $147,230 per year. Accountants in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. New York - $85,230 per year
  2. Washington DC - $84,390 per year
  3. New Jersey - $79,620 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for accountants are:

  1. North Dakota - $52,270 per year
  2. South Dakota - $54,130 per year
  3. Montana - $54,260 per year

 
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So what kind of job can you get after studying
accounting?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
1
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1,675,250 $35,340 -7.7%
2
Accountants and Auditors 1,072,490 $68,960 2.0%
3
Billing and Posting Clerks 483,440 $33,270 -5.8%
4
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 180,280 $37,070 -12.3%
5
Budget Analysts 58,290 $70,660 8.9%
6
Tax Preparers 56,990 $37,060 -3.2%