Top Online Colleges For Accounting Degrees for 2017

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Considered by some to be the second oldest profession, there will always be a need for accountants. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts the job prospects for accountants will grow at 13 percent through 2022. While there is some degree of specialization, the broad description of accountants as individuals who prepare and examine financial records is fair. The average accountant or auditor is employed full-time and works, on average, a 40 hour week; additional hours are common during high volume time periods, such as tax season.

An accountant’s duties revolve entirely around numbers and financial records. The nature of the financial records is somewhat dictated by the specialization of the accountant, be they a tax accountant, auditor, management analyst, etc. With few exceptions, accountants have earned at least a bachelor’s degree. Professional titles, such as “Certified Public Accountant”, are awarded when certain criteria ― a bachelor’s degree, a number of years of experience, and the completion of a standardized CPA exam ― are met. The median annual income of accountants is $63,550, with the top 10 percent earning $111,510, and the bottom 10 percent earning $39,930.

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