Careers in Accounting

A career in accounting means you will have the opportunity to work within almost any industry imaginable. Compensation varies according to level of education, certification and specializations, but in general, accountants are well paid. With the field experiencing rapid growth, now is an excellent time to beginning planning for your career in accounting.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Profile


Salary Growth Rate

Growth Predictions

  • 13% increase over 10 years
  • 166,770 new jobs by 2022

Available Careers

Accountants are an integral part of private, public and nonprofit organizations. Our career pages will bring the range of professional opportunities into focus for current and prospective accounting students: Are you more interested in forecasting and strategizing growth? Analyzing organization-wide budgets to track fraud, loss or other unaccounted for funds? Improving the processes of nonprofits or government agencies?

Featured Schools

  1. University of Alabama at Birmingham

    US News ranks University of Alabama among the "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" with the complete UAB experience in a cutting-edge online format. Visit their site and check out the variety of programs available!
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  2. Capella University

    Capella University offers flexible and personalized online learning options, including the FlexPath route, that allow you to take the most direct path to your goals. Capella business scholarships allow you to save up to $14,000* on a bachelor’s degree!
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  3. Maryville University

    Maryville University offers tons of scholarship opportunities with over $51 million in financial aid distributed last year! Graduate in as few as 10 months and apply with no GRE or GMAT!
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For each type of accounting career, we offer an overview of the most in-demand positions. We explain the work each accountant does, who they work for and expected salaries. Each page also lists the minimum degrees, certifications and licenses required to enter the specialty.