Accounting

For adult students looking to future-proof their careers, the accounting field offers rewarding, professional opportunities across a variety of settings and at a number of levels – from entry-level bookkeeper or staff accountant to CFO.

Our graduates can be found in government, industry, and not-for-profit organizations across the country, and many of them have gone on to become certified public accountants (CPAs) – enabling careers in corporate and public accounting – after completing 150 hours of academic coursework and sitting for a comprehensive national exam. Our goal at Champlain is to support you on your professional journey in this exciting field.

Job Outlook for Accounting Graduates

Accounting careers are projected to grow 4% between 2019 and 2029, with globalization and a growing economy resulting in high demand for qualified accounting professionals. Accountants and auditors can expect a median annual salary of $73,560.*

Graduates of Champlain’s bachelor’s in accounting program will be prepared for a variety of accounting roles across all sectors, including tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services, government, finance and insurance, manufacturing, and more.

Alumni of the Champlain College Online bachelor’s in accounting program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including Department of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service, People’s United Bank, U.S. Treasury, and more. They hold titles such as Auditor, Bookkeeper, Controller, Loan Officer, and Staff Accountant.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2020; job titles: AccountingEdu.org, 2020

Online Student Stories: Hannah

Hannah McGary is a Champlain College Online student studying accounting. She is expected to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in August 2022.

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How to Choose the Perfect Accounting Career Path for You

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The Role of Accounting in Managing Cybersecurity Risk

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A Day in the Life of an Accountant

If you’re considering pursuing a career as an accountant, you’re probably wondering what the typical day of an accountant looks like. This is a great question – before you make a move into a new field, it’s important to get …

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How to Become a CPA

Many accounting professionals aspire to become a certified public accountant (CPA). The highly-esteemed designation signifies that the individual has expert knowledge, adheres to high ethical standards, and serves as a testament to their professional integrity.

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