Accounting

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017
82,604
declining 1.14%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$6,695
growing 3.35%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$28,963
growing 3.35%
Average Wage
$90,364
growing 2.64%
People in Workforce
11.2M
growing 3.01%
Average Employee Age
43.7
declining 0.00684%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Accounting degree recipients are New York, NY, Chicago, IL, and Tempe, AZ. The locations with a relatively high number of Accounting degree recipients are El Centro, CA, Troy, MI, and Atherton, CA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Accounting is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Accounting and the types of students that study this field. University of Phoenix-Arizona awards the most degrees in Accounting in the US, but Flagler College-Tallahassee and Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Accounting.

Tuition costs for Accounting majors are, on average, $6,695 for in-state public colleges, and $28,963 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Accounting programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (697 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (46,313 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Accounting, is Public, 4-year or above (46,313 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Accounting programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,695
Median In-State Public
$28,963
Median Out of State Private

University of Phoenix-Arizona has the most Accounting degree recipients, with 1,008 degrees awarded in 2017.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Accounting programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Flagler College-Tallahassee and Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Accounting, with 23.9% and 23.7%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Accounting

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Business graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Business majors is $90,364 and the most common occupations are Accountants & auditors, Other managers, and Financial managers.

The industry that employs the most Business majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Oil & gas extraction.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$90,364
Average Wage in Workforce
± $682
2.64%
1 Year Growth
± 1.04%

The average salary for Business majors is $90,364 and the most common occupations are Accountants & auditors, Other managers, and Financial managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Business majors.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Business majors, by number of employees, are Accountants & auditors, Other managers, and Financial managers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Business majors working as Accountants & auditors, Financial examiners, and Financial analysts.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Business majors are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Physicians.

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Occupations by Share

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11.2M
2018 Workforce
± 79,128
3.01%
1 Year Growth
± 0.975%

The number of Business graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.01%, from 10.9M in 2017 to 11.2M in 2018.

The largest single share of Business graduates go on to work as Accountants & auditors (10.3%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Business by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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The most common industries that employ Business majors, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools, Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services, and Banking & related activities.

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Accounting is from the 2 Digit Course Business.
11.2M
2018 Workforce
± 79,128
3.01%
1 Year Growth
± 0.975%

The number of Business graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.01%, from 10.9M in 2017 to 11.2M in 2018.

The industry which employs the most Business graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Business.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Accounting is from the 2 Digit Course Business.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Business majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Business in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Business is 43.7, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Business degrees, and White students earn the majority (47,047) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Accounting is from the 2 Digit Course Business.
43.7
Average Age in 2018
± 0.0927 Years
0.00684%
1 Year Change
± 0.302%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Business. The most common ages of employees with this major are 48 and 36 years old, which represent 2.69% and 2.67% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Accounting are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Business are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (54.1%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Accounting.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    47,047 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    9,622 degrees awarded
  3. Non-resident Alien
    7,955 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Accounting for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Male
    16,921 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  2. White Female
    14,833 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    3,624 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Accounting. White Male students, who earn most of the degree-grads_ethnicity_genders in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. India
    170,115 degree recipients
  2. Philippines
    134,920 degree recipients
  3. Mexico
    131,608 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Mongolia
    3.79 times more than expected
  2. Switzerland
    2.96 times more than expected
  3. Paraguay
    2.87 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Mongolia that hold Business degrees (3.79 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is India (170,115 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Accounting field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accounting majors need many skills, but most especially Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Accounting majors need more than the average amount of Programming, Mathematics, and Learning Strategies.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Accounting majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Programming is very distinctive for majors, but the Speaking, Writing, and Reading Comprehension are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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