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Mississippi

Examining Accounting Careers in Mississippi

Mississippi is home to more than 4,000 accountants. They work in all fields from auditing to management and many are CPAs. To become a CPA in Mississippi, you need a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a minimum one year experience.  The experience must be gained from full time employment performed within five years of application and under the supervision and direction of a CPA.  The experience must be performed in the areas of accounting and auditing, management advisory services, financial advisory, and preparation of tax returns or tax advice.

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Iowa

Examining Accounting Careers in Iowa

Iowa has nearly 10,000 accountants. 

To earn a good living as an accountant in Iowa, many professionals choose to become CPAs. To become a CPA in Iowa, you must meet one of several different requirements:

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Idaho

Examining Accounting Careers in Idaho

Idaho is an odd place for accountants. Not because there’s anything wrong with this state, of course, but because accountants tend to earn more in smaller cities rather than large metropolitan areas. Not only this, but the population of accountants here is small overall, but salary growth is big. The state added a few dozen jobs over the years too, so job growth isn’t stagnant.

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Wyoming

Examining Accounting Careers in Wyoming

Wyoming has a lot to offer accountants. Job growth is steady and the average salary is on the rise. Although the average salary is moving at a much faster pace than job growth, in today’s economy, any growth is good growth! In 2006, the state was home to just over 1,500 accountants. Today, the state is home to nearly 1,700. In 2006, the average salary was less than $50,000. Today it’s more than $60,000!

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Vermont

Examining Accounting Careers in Vermont

Vermont is a good place to start an accounting career. The state reported steady job and salary growth for three straight years from 2006 to 2009. In 2006, accountants here averaged less than $60,000. In 2009, they averaged nearly $65,000! Although not as high as other states’ growth, job and salary growth of any kind is a huge accomplishment in today’s economy.

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Alaska

Examining Accounting Careers in Alaska

If you think Alaska doesn’t have its fair share of accountants, think again! Alaska is home to more than 2,000 accountants working in all areas from auditing to management accounting. The industry has seen a significant increase in job and salary growth over the years too, so variety isn’t the only thing accountants will find here.

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Hawaii

Examining Accounting Careers in Hawaii

Hawaii has a sizable collection of accounting firms that employ more than 5,000 professionals. Most are Certified Public Accountants (CPA) specializing in accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, tax preparation, tax planning, financial statements, contractor statements, IRS representation, and more. Hawaii accountants choose to become CPAs for better job opportunities, higher pay, and more variety. Without a CPA license, accountants are limited to working under a CPA, with limited advancement opportunity.

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Delaware

Examining Accounting Careers in Delaware

The state of Delaware has one of the top five highest concentrations of accountants in the U.S. In fact, for every 1,000 employees, roughly 12 are accountants. The population is getting stronger every year. In 2006, the state had less than 4,300 accountants. Today it has nearly 5,000. Delaware accountants also have one of the highest salary growth rates in the U.S. Between 2006 and 2009, the average salary increased by more than $11,000!

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Examining Accounting Careers in Arkansas

Arkansas has one of the lowest concentrations of accountants in the U.S. and their numbers have been declining since 2006. The upside is, the average salary for accountants in the state has increased over the years. In 2006, Arkansas accountants averaged less than $48,000. In 2009, they averaged more than $52,000.

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West Virginia

Examining Accounting Careers in West Virginia

The West Virginia accounting industry has good points and not-so-good points. For starters, the state lost more than 500 accounting jobs between 2006 and 2009, so job growth is definitely down. However, the average salary for accountants in the state is up, so accountants here earn $7,000 more today than they did in 2006.

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