Accounting Degrees Profitable for Grads –

An online degree in accounting can lead to many different careers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics categorizes accountants and auditors into four main types: public accountants, management accountants, government accountants, and internal auditors.

Studies conducted by The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants show that the demand for public accountants is expected to increase, while the BLS expects employment of accountants and auditors to experience 16% growth by 2020.

Accountants and auditors were paid an average of $61,690 in 2010. People who major in accounting will also acquire skills that they can use to land other jobs, such as financial analysts, tax examiners and collectors, and cost estimators. Most of these jobs require a bachelor’s degree in accounting; however, extra certification can provide an advantage.

Here’s a few of the many schools who offer online bachelor’s degrees in accounting.

  • Keiser University: Students pursuing an accounting degree at this Florida-based online school will attain skills in key areas such as taxation, auditing, managerial/cost, financial, governmental, and accounting information systems as well as general business. Students will also gain knowledge using different business and accounting related software programs. Keiser University is a private institution regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Western Governors University: Western Governors University is a private, not-for-profit school nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council and regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The degree program was developed with significant input from the school’s Business Program Council, and offers students a flexible schedule. Course work includes accounting, business law and ethics, and marketing and communication.
  • Capella University: Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Capella University offers students a Bachelor of Science in Business with a specialization in accounting. Students can further choose one of three concentrations in this degree and possibly earn master’s-level credit upon completion. Curriculum is designed to help students establish accounting systems and strategies, incorporate business and economic contingencies, and organize and interpret financial information.
  • Southern New Hampshire University: This private, not-for-profit accredited university offers its students several different bachelor’s degree programs in accounting. A general accounting degree will supply students with a solid foundation in accounting principles and practices. SNHU also offers a concentration in forensic accounting and fraud examination in which students will be taught accounting skills to analyze complex financial statements. Degrees in accounting finance and accounting information systems are also available.
  • Walden University: Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Walden University are given an introduction on how accounting principles are used in the larger business environment. Students are then taught the skills necessary to design and implement accounting products. Curriculum includes classes in statistics, financial accounting, and business law. Walden University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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