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Accounting Careers in Kansas

Written by AnonymousJune 3, 2011

Examining Accounting Careers in Kansas

Kansas isn’t too shabby when it comes to jobs for accountants. The state is home to more than 10,000 accountants and the talent pool has grown over the years. Salary growth is impressive in this state too. The average salary for an accountant in Kansas was less than $53,000 per year in 2006. Today, it’s more than $56,000.

So, what types of accountants have it made in Kansas? Like other states, Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are in high demand, but accountants with a forensics background are also in demand.

To become a CPA or forensic accountant, you’ll need to obtain a CPA license. Forensic accountants usually obtain a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) license and a CPA license. To sit for either exam, you need a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university with a major in accounting or business with an accounting focus. Even if you have a CFE or CPA license, most major Kansas firms look for candidates with a master of accountancy (MAcc) or an MBA with an accounting focus.

Salary Trends for Accountants in Kansas

Accountants across the U.S. averaged $67,430 in 2009. Kansas accountants averaged $52,930, up from $56,300 in 2006. Accountants living in the largest metropolitan areas in Kansas earn an average of $53,030-$58,290 per year. They are:

  • Wichita: $58,290
  • Kansas City, MO-KS: $57,980
  • Topeka: $53,030

Kansas’s major metropolitan areas are home to nearly all of the states accountants. CPAs will find the best opportunities in these cities, so consider taking the Kansas CPA licensing exam as soon as you’ve met the state’s education requirements.

Employment Trends for Accountants in Kansas   

There are approximately 10,570 accountants living in Kansas. The population is spread out as follows:

  • Kansas City, MO-KS: 10,740
  • Wichita: 2,180
  • Topeka: 1,290

The pool of talented Kansas accountants is expected to grow based on current growth in the state (from 10,230 in 2006 to 10,570 in 2009) and employment growth in the career field overall, which is expected to be 22 percent between now and 2018.

Career Outlook

The economic crisis has led many companies to re-examine their policies and practices, and government agencies are also keeping a closer watch on their own and companies across the country. So, it should come as no surprise that the demand for accountants is high, especially forensic accountants.

So what do forensic accountants do? They can do everything that CPAs do, but they also have a legal background. They investigate white-collar crimes such as embezzlement, money laundering, and bankruptcy and securities fraud. They are also trained to handle contract disputes and they make regular appearances as expert witnesses during trials.

For more information about what it takes to become an accountant in Kansas, visit the Kansas Board of Accountancy at http://www.ksboa.org/.

Note: The statistics in this article are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov).