ACCOUNTING

2014 CAREER PROJECT

What is Accounting?

Accounting is the study of how businesses track their income and assets over time. Accountants engage in a wide variety of activities besides preparing financial statements and recording business transactions including computing costs and efficiency gains from new technologies, participating in strategies for mergers and acquisitions, quality management, developing and using information systems to track financial performance, tax strategy, and health care benefits management.

Educational Requirements

A total of 150 semester credits from a college or university whose accreditation is accepted by the state (Colleges and universities typically offer a curriculum designed to meet the 150-credit requirement.) A bachelor's degree, also specified number of business courses.

JOB OUTLOOK

  • Growth (2012 - 2022) average (8% to 14%)
  • Job opening (2012 - 2022) (544,200)
Salary

Median Wages (2013) $31.29 hourly, $65,080 annual

NATIONAL TRENDS

United States

Employment: 2012 ( 1,275,400) 2022 ( 1,442,200)

Annual Job Opening: 54,420