Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firms may be classified as small local firms, medium sized regional firms, or large firms, depending on factors such as the number of employees, number of offices, and total revenue.
To prepare for your career in public accounting, try to get a head start while you’re still in school. By choosing relevant college-level courses that emphasize critical thinking, communications, and technical accounting knowledge, you can begin to acquire the skills necessary for your professional path.
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.