Accounting Careers

Finding a job in the accounting field is a smart decision. Accounting is a field that will always be in demand and it is a field that you can continue to grow and move up inside your company. There are so many different positions you can find in the accounting field. Careers in accounting can range from entry level positions to executive level. Accounting career information for each career path listed below can be found in full detail. Chose the accounting career you are most interested in; learn what it entails, what education you may need and the salary you can potentially earn.

Careers in Accounting

Accounting Salary

Accounting salaries can vary greatly based on your position in the accounting department. Land a job as an entry-level accounting clerk or bookkeeper and you’ll earn a median salary of $42,410 (as of May 2020). Work your way up through the accounting department with hard work and experience and you’ll enjoy a stronger salary. Top salaries among bookkeepers and accounting clerks (75th – 90th percentile) were $52,430 – $63,900, as of May 2020. Moving up to accounting managers and beyond, you can easily make $100,000 or more a year.

May 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics salary and job market trends for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks represent national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Data Accessed May 2021.

Accounting Career Path

Many accounting career paths start in college. Students are taking the right accounting classes and leaving college with a bachelors degree in accounting. This is the first step to your successful career path. After school, find your first accounting job. Come into a company as an accountant. Learn as much as you possibly can. After about a year of work experience go after your CPA. Certified Public Accountants make much more than accountants as the years go by. From CPA you can begin to take on more responsibility as far as management positions and work your way up to director of the department. Some people chose to go off into a different branch of accounting but with more experience comes more money and more opportunities for advancement. Very few people make it up to CFO and top level positions. If you want it go for it! But your career path will always start with that solid foundation of an accounting degree.

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