What Types of Accounting Jobs Are Good for a Career Change?

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Very few decisions in life are more difficult to make than deciding whether or not you should pursue a career change. It’s simply human nature to reject change and settle for the status quo when faced with difficult choices.

But not you – you’re ready for a change.

As you search for potential career fields that will help you make that change and still allow you to support your family, the one that continues to draw your attention is accounting.

You already know that this field has a strong future. You know, for example, that the field is projected to grow by 16 percent (190,700 new jobs!) through 2020 because you’ve been flirting with the idea of taking this step for a number of years now.  

A brief rundown of the types of accounting jobs and career options will help you see why this particular path is a smart – and potentially profitable – career change.

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For an ambitious career changer like you, it’s important to know what you need to do to make this career change happen. Perhaps more importantly, you need to be able to quickly find a position in the field so you don’t disrupt stability at home.

You’ve come to the right place to achieve both goals.

Because you’re just looking to break into this field, it is assumed that you have little to no actual accounting experience. If that’s the case, it’s OK. An analysis of “accounting” and “auditor” positions showed more than 62,000 job postings for those with 0-4 years of experience.

Not only are we providing the ten most in-demand job titles (see chart), we’re also offering the latest salary information according to salary.com – both of which might be helpful for job searches in your area.

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The salary information illustrates how working as an accounting professional will enable you to continue to support your family after you decide to change careers. The median annual wage of accounting and auditing professionals in 2010 was $61,690 – around $30,000 more than the median salary across all occupations.

How to make it happen

As your interest in pursuing a career in accounting continues to grow, it’s important to note that 79 percent of jobs listed within this field required a Bachelor’s degree.*

The types of accounting jobs for changing your career are out there. The next step is to learn more about completing your accounting degree so you can develop what you need to switch into a career that will see you through to retirement.

*Source: BurningGlass.com (Analysis of educational requirements for accountants and auditors positions over the past year, 4/10/12 – 4/9/13)

Grant Tilus

Grant works for Collegis education and writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. He aims to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students.

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