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Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation

The Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT),, is the regulatory and certification board for the Accredited Business Accountant (ABA) Credential and provides specialized information, training and support for prospective and current ABA credential holders.

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Accounting jobs

Many people assume accounting is a boring or tedious career path, with offices populated exclusively by geeky math whizzes. Though this may indeed have been true at one point, the accounting world has changed for the better in recent years. Many formerly tedious accounting functions are now automated in many offices, and the focus of the job has shifted as well, allowing for a greater emphasis on analysis, interpretation, and business strategy.

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North Dakota

Examining Accounting Careers in North Dakota

The North Dakota accounting industry has been hit hard by the recession. In just three short years, the number of accountants decreased from fewer than 3,000 to less than 2,500. The good news is that the average salary has increased, and not just by a few dollars. In 2006, the average salary for accountants was a little over $43,000. In 2009, it was over $50,000.

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District of Columbia

Examining Accounting Careers in District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is the place for accountants — especially government and forensic accountants! The district is home to more than 10,000 accountants and the average salary is what keeps them there. Accountants there average nearly $80,000 a year, and salary growth shows no signs of slowing down. Although the number of accountants in D.C.  has decreased over the years, there are still plenty of jobs to be had.

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North Carolina

Examining Accounting Careers in North Carolina

North Carolina has a lot to offer accountants! The state has enjoyed steady job growth in this career field for three years and salary growth too. In 2006, just fewer than 24,000 accountants lived in North Carolina. Today, more than 26,000 live there. And accountants living in North Carolina now earn an average of $7,000 more than they did just a few years ago. 

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Examining Accounting Careers in Georgia

Georgia is a great place to be an accountant! The state has enjoyed steady job growth in this career field for three straight years. In 2006, the state was home to just over 25,000 accountants — today, there are nearly 30,000. Employment growth isn’t the only thing Georgia has going for it. Salaries are growing too. Georgia accountants average $10,000 more per year today than they did just a few years ago.

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New Jersey

Examining Accounting Careers in New Jersey

New Jersey has a lot to offer accountants! For starters, New Jersey has experienced more job and salary growth since 2006 than most other states. New Jersey didn’t lose any accountants because of the recession; it gained more than 700. And salaries grew by nearly $10,000 over the past three years.

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Examining Accounting Careers in Ohio

More than 40,000 accountants live in Ohio. Although the talent pool has decreased slightly since 2006, salaries have increased. At $62,830 per year, Ohio accountants average more than most accountants across the U.S. And accountants in specialized fields such as forensic accounting or accountants living in metropolitan areas tend to earn even more.

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Examining Accounting Careers in Michigan

Michigan is home to around 31,300 accountants, down from 32,570 in 2006. But don’t worry, Michigan still has a hefty population of accountants and even healthier salary growth. In 2006, Michigan accountants earned an average of $59,650 per year. Today they average around $64,330. Although they can be found in just about any city, most accountants live in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Flint.

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Rhode Island

Examining Accounting Careers in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is home to around 3,960 accountants. In 2006, the state was home to 4,190. While the state has lost accounting jobs over the years, the average salary has increased. In 2006, Rhode Island accountants averaged $63,750. In 2009, they averaged $65,390. 

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