The Accounting Field, by the Numbers
- Accounting is an ideal choice for career growth and stability. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16 percent increase in accounting job openings between now and 2020. Forbes magazine recently listed accounting as one of its Top Jobs for 2013, while U.S. News ranks it the No. 3 Best Business Job.
- While the need for CPAs remains strong (particularly in the fields of taxation and healthcare), opportunities for Certified Management Accountants (CMAs) are continuing to expand.
- While it’s easy to think of accounting in narrow terms, there are dozens of opportunities for career choices within the accounting field itself, ranging from financial analysis to controllers’ positions.
- Accounting continually ranks at the top of career lists for flexibility and work/life balance. As such, it’s an ideal choice for parents and for those seeking a career change. In fact, both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal recently praised the accounting field for leading the way in work flexibility.
Choose your path:
I want a bachelor’s degree that includes both business & accounting.
Whitworth’s new B.A. in management & accounting gives you the best of everything: a contemporary and comprehensive major in organizational management, along with coursework in accounting that will prepare you for taking the CPA exam or working in accounting-related fields.
I have a business-related bachelor’s degree, but I want to study accounting and take the CPA exam or enhance my career in an accounting-related field.
The accounting coursework in Whitworth’s B.A. in Management and Accounting Program does just that. Depending on the courses you completed in your business-related bachelor’s degree, you can complete the accounting coursework necessary to prepare you to take the CPA exam in as little as 24 credits. Or if you’re looking to enhance your career by adding accounting proficiency to your skill set, our accounting sequence is perfect for you.
I don’t have any college credits, but I’m ready to start. Can I pursue the management and accounting degree?
Absolutely. Whitworth’s evening, accelerated-format classes let you complete all the requirements you need for your bachelor’s degree in a reasonable length of time – even if you work full time.