In Reinhardt’s Accounting concentration, you’ll learn from faculty members with extensive accounting experience in private practice and in corporate accounting for a Fortune 50 company. Classes are small, so you will get to know your classmates and faculty personally. You can also expect one-on-one help if you ever need it.
Another distinguishing characteristic of Reinhardt’s accounting program is the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. Supervised by one of our instructors, you and a team of your peers actually complete personal income tax forms and keep the books of a small company, so you graduate with experience you can not typically gain at other colleges.
Finally, our graduates are academically prepared. Three recent graduates have attended Kennesaw State University’s Master of Accountancy program. Two recent graduates have passed the CPA exam, and one graduate passed all four parts in her first attempt, a feat accomplished by very few. Visit the accounting faculty and get to know us.
Our accounting graduates are employed (to name a few) by:
What is the job outlook for this major?
- Most accounting jobs require at least a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field.
- Opportunities will be best for jobseekers who have a master's degree, obtain certification or licensure or who are proficient in the use of accounting and auditing computer software.
- Faster-than-average growth of accountant and auditor jobs will result from an increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and regulations, and greater scrutiny of company finances.
- Employers increasingly seek applicants with strong interpersonal and communication skills. Many accountants work on teams with others who have different backgrounds, so they must be able to communicate accounting and financial information clearly and concisely.
Accountants and auditors held about 1.3 million jobs in 2006. They worked throughout private industry and government, but 21 percent of wage and salary accountants worked for accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services firms. Approximately 10 percent of accountants or auditors were self-employed.
Many management accountants, internal auditors, or government accountants and auditors are not CPAs; however, a large number are licensed CPAs. Most accountants and auditors work in urban areas, where public accounting firms and central or regional offices of businesses are concentrated.
Some individuals with backgrounds in accounting and auditing are full-time college and university faculty; others teach part-time while working as self-employed accountants or as accountants for private industry or government.
In addition to openings from job growth, the need to replace accountants and auditors who retire or transfer to other occupations will produce numerous job openings in this large occupation.
What are the salaries for accountants?
Median annual earnings of wage and salary accountants and auditors were $54,630 in May 2006. The middle half of the occupation earned between $42,520 and $71,960. The top 10 percent earned more than $94,050, and the bottom 10 percent earned less than $34,470. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of accountants and auditors were as follows:
|Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services
|Management of companies and enterprises
|Depository credit intermediation
According to a salary survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, bachelor's degree candidates in accounting received starting offers averaging $46,718 a year in 2006; master's degree candidates in accounting were offered $49,277 initially.
According to a 2007 salary survey conducted by Robert Half International, a staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance, the following salary ranges are available. Salary variations reflect differences in size of firm, location, level of education, and professional credentials.
|general accountants and internal auditors
||with up to 1 year
||$31,500 and $48,250
|general accountants and internal auditors
||1 to 3 years
||$36,000 and $60,000
|senior accountants and auditors
||$43,250 and $79,250
||$51,250 and $101,500
|directors of accounting and internal auditing
||$68,000 and $208,000
Information cited above were taken on January 22, 2009 from: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Accountants and Auditors, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos001.htm .
Dr. Donald Wilson
Interim Dean of the McCamish School of Business
7300 Reinhardt Circle
Waleska, Ga. 30183