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Demand & More Demand

As the economy recovers and business complexity increases, the strong demand for accountants continues. 

How Many Accountants Now? 1.3m. Predicted job growth over next ten years: 13%. That’s 166,700 new jobs.

Salaries, Degrees & The Certification Advantage

With median salaries running at $63k, a Bachelor’s degree is all but necessary for most accounting jobs.

However, you can expect to earn 5% – 10% more if you hold the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification which remains the most highly regarded by employers. 

Other highly valued certifications include the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Accounting Internships

Salary Range: $0 to $37,000

Gain practical work experience in any accounting discipline while you complete your education

Internships often lead to an entry level position after college graduation

Take advantage. Ask intelligent questions, participate in company functions, volunteer for additional work but above all…ask for advice. And listen to the answers

Accounting Clerk

Salary Range: $30k to $40k

Entry level accounting position exposing you to numerous financial transactions within a business

Reconcile bank statements, investigate customer billings issue and maintain accounting system records

Fast become the “go to” person in the organization for all accounting queries


Salary Range: $36k to $61k

Record and maintain all the financial transactions and records of small and mid-size enterprises

Uniquely positioned, Bookkeepers work closely with business owners to give operational advice and manage cash flow

Demanding and stressful but very rewarding

Payroll Accountant

Salary Range: $34k to $80k

Calculates the daily, weekly monthly and annual payments to employees, executives and board members

Powerful role within any organization. Super attention to detail required

High-quality interpersonal skills a must. Wages = Emotions. Be prepared for tough conversations

External Auditor

Salary Range: $44k to $130k

External Auditors work for Public Accounting firms. Many CPA’s start their training here.

Required by organizations of all sizes to ensure that financial statements are free from material mis-statement, errors or omissions

An Auditor is a watchdog and not a bloodhound. 

Must be tenacious, thick skinned, relentless in the pursuit of answers, travel frequently and work long hours. The reward is a unique understanding of how organizations work.

Tax Accountant

Salary Range: $44k to $125k

Cut your teeth preparing federal, state and local tax returns for companies of all sizes. Leads to giving sophisticated advice to minimize tax bills

Don’t be confined to Public Accounting. Work in small and large corporations as well as Government

Huge hours during tax time (January to April) and large corporate transactions such as IPO’s and acquisitions. Big-time pressure

Government Accountant

Salary Range: $58k to $100k

Regulation, taxation and financial crime are creating a growing need for accountants at every level in Government

Usually offers extensive benefit packages and an established career path

Work with Congress or the FBI. Or what about a State budget?

You won’t accumulate extreme wealth as a civil servant but you’ll potentially improve the lives of your fellow citizens

Forensic Accountant

Salary Range: $69k to $108k

Review the financial records, processes and working environment of individuals and organizations to support criminal and civil legal proceedings

Track down terrorism activity, flush out fraudulent employees and bogus insurance claims. Bring resolution to messy divorces

Must be tenacious, have a passion for justice but be objective at all times

Managerial Accountant

Salary Range: $55k to $117k

Gather, analyze and present a wide range of financial information allowing company executives to make informed business decisions

Detailed involvement in Budgeting, forecasting, long-term strategy, cost-management, new product evaluation, business acquisition and divestments. 

Smart and proactive analysis makes you the trusted advisor of the business 

Financial Accountant

Salary Range: $47k to $142k

Ensure that all the financial transactions are properly recorded in the financial systems

Prepare financial statements (income statements, balance sheets, cash flows and disclosures) 

Work closely with the internal and external auditors