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February 1, 2012

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Examining Accounting Careers in Arizona

Arizona accountants enjoy more than sunshine. Each year, the number of accounting jobs has increased — as have salaries! Just a few short years ago, Arizona was home to just over 20,000 accountants. Today, it has more than 23,000. Plus, average salaries have increased by more than $5,000 and this trend is expected to continue as the demand for accountants grows overall.

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Examining Accounting Careers in Pennsylvania

In 2008, a new bill was signed that brought Pennsylvania up to the national education standard of 150 credit hours and one year of public accounting experience to become a CPA. The changes go into effect January 1, 2012. This means Pennsylvania CPAs can now practice across state lines. While it's good to have this option, the state’s 48,700 accountants are happy right where they are. Pennsylvania treats its accountants well by offering job growth, stability, and one of the highest average salaries in the nation. 

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Examining Accounting Careers in New York

New York has more business and financial centers than any other state in the nation. It’s no wonder New York is home to the nation’s second highest number of accountants.

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Examining Accounting Careers in Colorado

Colorado accountants have it made. Not only do they earn some of the highest salaries in the industry, their numbers have steadily increased since 2006. This means job growth for accountants in this state is stable. 

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Examining Accounting Careers in Alabama

Alabama might not have as many accountants as nearby Georgia and Florida, but the pool seems to be expanding little by little every year. Between 2006 and 2009, the number of accountants increased by nearly 500. Not only this, but salaries have actually grown too. Alabama accountants earn over $5,000 more than they did in 2006!

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Examining Accounting Careers in South Carolina

South Carolina has a lot to offer accountants. Job and salary growth are at the top of the list, followed by a low cost of living and a number of scenic cities to choose from. South Carolina accountants work in areas like Myrtle Beach, Richmond County, and Charlotte.  They can earn anywhere from $47,920 to $67,110, depending on location.

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Examining Accounting Careers in Louisiana

Louisiana is a great place to live, but is it a great place for accountants? Maybe. Louisiana accountants have enjoyed steady salary growth since 2006. Salaries are on the low side compared to the national average, but are still respectable. The state has seen a decline in accountant jobs over the years. It lost around 380 jobs between 2006 and 2009, but some job loss may be attributed to the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

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Examining Accounting Careers in Kentucky

Kentucky has a respectable number of accountants working in all areas from management to government to internal auditing. Most are CPAs working for firms of all sizes. The state is home to more than 10,000 accountants — an increase over 2006.

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Examining Accounting Careers in California

California is a great place to be an accountant! For one thing, it’s one of only four states where you can qualify to pass the CPA exam with only 120 semester hours of college coursework instead of 150. And accountants in California tend to make more money than they do in other states. In 2009, the median wage for accountants in California was over $12,000 higher than the national average.

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