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. Colorado Technical University

    The ACBSP-accredited Master's in Accounting from Colorado Technical University fits any schedule, with classes starting every six weeks.
  2. Western Governors University

    In as little as 15 hours per week, you can earn your bachelor's in accounting from WGU, a nationally recognized, accredited, nonprofit, online college with a proven record of student success.
  3. Colorado Christian University

    With classes starting every 6 weeks, you can earn an accredited accounting degree from Colorado Christian University on your own individual pace.
  4. Liberty University Online

    Earn your master's degree in accounting in just 1 - 2 years with Liberty University's online program. Enjoy flexible scheduling and use credit hours as a head start on your CPA exam.

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.