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Zoom Ahead of the Pack with Accounting Careers

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Perhaps never before in history have accounting-related stories popped up in the headlines so often.

News reports of financial scandals involving well-heeled, well-educated, unethical sharks have shaken the accounting profession – and the stormy economy — to its core.

Yet accounting remains a promising way to make a living, a relatively safe harbor in a sea of beached companies and massive layoffs. And online schools may offer the best way to navigate a full-time job while earning an online accounting degree.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting is a rising star; and jobs in the field are expected to grow at a rate faster than the national average into the year 2016. With median annual salaries upward of $54,000 (the top 10% earn more than $94,000), it is a business career that may be worth its weight in gold.

Four major areas of accounting – public, government, management and internal auditing – provide the majority of jobs in this field, with education, information technology, investment & financial planning, and consulting offering additional opportunities.

The growing specialty of forensic accounting, combines law and criminal justice with accounting skills to investigate securities fraud, embezzlement, bankruptcy, money laundering, income tax evasion and other potential criminal transactions. Forensic accountants work closely with law enforcement officials and may also testify in court as expert witnesses.

The University of Phoenix, Kaplan University and DeVry University are several online schools that offer accredited online degrees in accounting.

So zoom ahead of the pack by preparing for a career in this detail-oriented field.

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