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Accountants find employment in private companies, government agencies, and as private practitioners preparing income tax returns, as well as financial advisors.
A bachelor’s degree in accounting or in a related field (economics, finance, or management) opens the door to entry-level jobs in accounting, allowing beginning accountants (with an average annual salary of $48,993) to gain experience.
Major Fields for Accountants:
Public accounting. For this field, accounting majors are required to fulfill course requirements as listed by the State. Most 4-year colleges will fulfill those requirements as part of their major. To become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) requires passing four separate exams and auditing experience of 2 years. Accountants wishing the CPA certification will find entry-level jobs in large auditing firms, where the hiring salary range is $50-70K.
Government accounting. All levels of government (townships, counties, cities, state, and the Federal government) hire accountants. The FBI, the SEC, and the IRS are sure employers of accountants, where many make life-time careers.
This is a highly specialized field of accounting. After gaining experience in general accounting, some professionals take courses in forensic accounting (John Jay College or ITT) and establish a practice in accounting and criminal justice. Given the number of frauds uncovered during bad times, forensic accountant are in great demand. Once established the practice can become quite lucrative.
But those who beyond a bachelors degree and earn master’s degree in accounting or a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) reach to top level executive positions as corporate controllers, or treasurers. Annual salaries range from $100K to $200K, not counting stock option, bonuses, and other perks.
Ch1 Accounting in Action
Ch2 Recording Process
Ch3 Adjusting the Accounts
Ch4 Completing the Accounting Cycle
Ch5 Merchandising Operations
Ch7 Accounting Information Systems
Ch8 Internal Control and Cash
Ch9 Accounting for Receivables
Ch10 PP&E, Natural Resources, and Intangible Assets
Ch11 Current Liabilities and Payroll
Ch14 Corporations:Dividends, RE
Ch15 Long Term Liabilities
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Ch17 Statement of Cash Flows
Ch18 Financial Statement Analysis
Plato and Accounting
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