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Articles on Accounting Careers, Job Growth, Occupational Profiles, and Salary Trends in Accounting:
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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Examining Accounting Careers in Utah

Utah is home to nearly 10,000 accountants and this number has been rising since 2006. This means job growth in the industry is booming! A strong increase in the average salary for Utah accountants is cause for celebration too. Utah accountants earned an average of $55,660 in 2006. Today they average around $60,510. Although they can be found in all cities and towns, most accountants live in Salt Lake City and the Provo-Orem and Ogden-Clearfield metropolitan areas.

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South Dakota

Examining Accounting Careers in South Dakota

The South Dakota accounting industry is on the right track. The industry here has experienced both salary and job growth over the last several years, making it a stable place to start an accounting career. Between 2006 and 2009, the average salary for accountants increased by nearly 11 percent. The industry also saw the addition of more than 300 new accountants to the talent pool.

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Examining Accounting Careers in Oregon

Oregon accountants have a lot to smile about. Salaries have steadily increased over the years and the talent pool is growing too! In 2006, Oregon accountants averaged more than $57,000. In 2009, they averaged more than $60,000. In today’s tough economy, salary increases (of any kind) are nothing to sneeze at.

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Examining Accounting Careers in Oklahoma

The talent pool in Oklahoma is growing. Over the last several years, job growth resulted in hundreds of new positions. Salaries are moving up too! Oklahoma accountants earned less than $50,000 in 2006. Today, they average nearly $55,000 per year.

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Examining Accounting Careers in New Mexico

New Mexico is a great place to be an accountant! This state has reported steady job and salary growth in the accounting field for three years in a row. In 2006, the state was home to just under 5,000 accountants — today, there are nearly 6,000. And, New Mexico accountants average nearly $7,000 more per year today than they did just a few years ago.

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