Accountants analyze accounting reports in order to create financial statements, advise clients on tax management, or perform auditing services. They work in positions such as certified public accountant, business analyst, and corporate accounting manager. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounts are predominantly employed in areas such as tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll, and consulting, many of them working for state and local governments.
In 2012, U.S. accountants earned national median wages of $30.55 per hour, or $63,500 per year, in a large and growing job market. In 2010, 1,216,900 accountants were employed in the U.S., a figure set to rise to 1,407,600 by 2020, in a 16% increase creating 45,210 new jobs.
North Carolina accountants kept apace of the national average in 2012, with median wages of $29.30 per hour, or $60,900 per year, and demand for them is growing. In 2010, 31,300 accountants were employed in NC, a figure set to rise to 35,700 by 2020. A glance at the many jobs currently available at both the national and local levels reveals a career path rich with opportunity.
If you are interested in a career in accounting, NC State, with one of the oldest and most respected statistics programs in the nation, can help. Most jobs in accounting require a bachelor’s degree, and you can earn a BS in Statistics on NC State’s campus in Raleigh. Then you will be ready if you choose to pursue an MS in Statistics online, augmenting it with an online certificate in Applied or Computational Statistics.
Highest level of education associated with this occupation.