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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.
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|
|Bill and Account Collector||2.1%||0.1%||16.9×|
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 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%|