Graduate Salary
4 years
Avg Length

Accounting Requirements

Accounting has always been considered as the language and basic tool of business. A Bachelor of Arts in Accounting is a common degree and it provides a solid understanding of intermediate and advanced accounting practices. The degree prepares students to enter the field at an entry or mid-level position.

Some employers seek individuals who have a master’s degree in an accounting-related field. Two common master’s degree programs are the Master in Accounting and the Master of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.

Accounting Careers

The career trajectory of people with an Accounting degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Accounting degrees have experience in is Accountant, followed by Auditor, Tax Preparer, Bookkeeper, Financial Analyst, Financial Manager, Controller, Bill and Account Collector, Financial Clerk, and Teller.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Accountant 15.2% 1.0% 14.8×
Auditor 11.4% 0.3% 41.0×
Tax Preparer 7.2% 0.1% 73.2×
Bookkeeper 6.3% 0.6% 11.0×
Financial Analyst 4.6% 0.3% 17.7×
Financial Manager 4.1% 0.1% 30.9×
Controller 3.6% 0.0% 73.4×
Bill and Account Collector 2.1% 0.1% 16.9×
Financial Clerk 2.1% 0.2% 8.7×
Teller 2.1% 0.6% 3.5×

Accounting Salary

Accounting graduates earn on average $45k, putting them in the 70th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $34k
Median (average earners) $45k
75th (top earners) $56k

Accounting Underemployment

Accounting graduates are moderately employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Proportion of graduates
Jobs that don't require college 77%
Part-Time 15%
Low-paying 7%

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