Accounting Technology Programs in Illinois

Educational Information:

Students who undergo training in accounting technology will gain the basic finance and accounting skills needed to work in a career as an accountant, auditor, bookkeeper, tax preparer and many more. Common places of work include accounting firms, commercial industries, retail stores, hospitals and other entities.

Licensing Information:

Those who want to get their license in Illinois will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 150 hours at an accredited university or college within the accounting concentration
  • Successful completion of a bachelor degree
  • Completion of the AICPA’s ethics course
  • Education requirements as set forth by the examiner
  • If the candidate previously academically qualified for the exam, they don’t have to worry about meeting the new requirements imposed for academics.
  • Successful completion of the CPA exam and proof of verification of the certificate to the IDFPR
  • Employment experience of at least a year working full-time providing advice or service by means of using accounting skills

Employment Information:

All of the main accounting firms, Deloitte, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young, have an office within the Chicago area. Even though some accountants within the state work as tax preparers, enrolled agents or tax preparers, there are a number of other opportunities available to you. Professionals who already have their license hold positions in accounting firms and large corporations. Chicago has more than 30 Fortune 500 companies, all of which have a number of potential jobs for internal auditors, management accountants, capital accountants, financial controllers and more.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are more than 41,000 auditors and accountants working in the state. Average wages for auditors and accountants in the state was $71,330.