Accounting Schools in South Carolina
Six public universities in South Carolina offer an accounting program for students. The University of South Carolina is the home to the Darla Moore School of Business where students can major in accounting. This program offers the School of Accounting Mentoring Program, where alumni and area accountants can help current students with pre-professional insights.
Clemson University, another public university, requires its accounting majors to have either two internships or co-op experiences for graduate credit.
The College of Charleston, another state college, has an Accounting and Legal Studies program, where students can learn an interdisciplinary approach with classes like law for business managers, federal taxation, and the legal environment for business.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), accountant employment growth will grow by 16 percent between 2010 and 2020. This is due to the need to follow financial regulations and auditing standards since the late-2000s Financial Crisis. The BLS states that those who become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and have a master's degree in accounting will have the best chance of being hired in the competitive job market. As of May 2012, there are 12,960 accountants and auditors in South Carolina who earn an annual mean wage of $58,620. The average mean wage across the United States equaled $61,690 in May 2010 according to the BLS. The top ten percent of accountants across the country earned $106,880 a year, while the bottom ten percent of accountants earned $38,940.