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Accounting is a versatile degree that is utilize in many industries such as: banking, financial planning, sales, production management, client management, product development, procurement, tax preparation, credit analysis, and general management. Entry level positions may require additional hours of education or prior experience through internships. Accountants can work in a variety of industries which assists in building their skills and growth opportunities by sitting for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

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A career in accounting means you will have the opportunity to work within almost any industry imaginable. Compensation varies according to level of education, certification and specializations, but in general, accountants are well paid. With the field experiencing rapid growth, now is an excellent time to beginning planning for your career in accounting. Accountants are an integral part of private, public and nonprofit organizations.

CareerGrowthMedian Salary*
Accountants and Auditors9%-13%$50,250
Credit Analyst5%-8%$50,292
Financial Analyst9%-13%$51,305
Loan Officer5%-8%$43,180
Tax Preparer2%-4%$28,175

Average median salary should not be expected for an entry level position.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024).

Continue to explore other career options and salary information by visiting O*Net Online, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and PayScale.

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Accounting Faculty Advisor

Matt Pickard
  • Matt Pickard
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  • Bio: Matthew D. Pickard is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the University of New Mexico. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Management Information Systems. He holds an M.B.A. in Management Information Systems and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Brigham Young University. His research leverages embodied conversational agents (i.e., virtual humans) to maximize voluntary self-disclosure and change attitudes and behaviors. He seeks to apply his research to contexts such as auditing and fraud investigations.

    In his personal life, Matt is first and foremost a family man. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, woodworking, and beekeeping.