In demand: Number crunchers

If you balance your checkbook on a regular basis, you’re probably already more qualified than me to be an accountant, auditor or accounting clerk. But seriously…if you’re into taxes, financial statements, balance sheets and government forms, a career in accounting might just be for you!

Good thing, too.  There is currently a high demand (both in Minnesota and across the United States) for people to fill accountant, bookkeeping and auditing positions. This includes both growth in the number of positions available, as well as replacing current positions.man smiling in office

According to ISEEK, through 2020, Minnesota alone will need about:

Still not convinced that this is the right career path? If, for you, it’s all about the “Benjamins”, consider this:

  • Bookkeepers, Accounting Clerks and the like average about $17.62 per hour in Minnesota
  • Accountants and Auditors average $29.35 per hour in Minnesota

I bet, by now, you’re wondering how you can land a job in this field. To begin, it takes a certain set of skills, some of which can be learned through formal education…like a college degree. Distance Minnesota partners with Northwest Technical College to offer an Accounting Clerk Diploma (32 credits) program as well as an Accounting AAS (60 credits) degree and either will help you build the skills needed for entry-level positions. Graduates of the Associate Accounting AAS program are even eligible to take the Accreditation in Accountancy exam administered by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation.

If you have already earned some college credit and are interested in becoming a Certified Public Accountant, consider the Accounting BS by Bemidji State University.

Don’t hesitate! Contact an online advisor today to learn more about program faculty, credit transfer and applying for admission. There’s still time to enroll for fall 2014!

Contributed by: Nicole Seifert | Sr. Online Advisor

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