Studying Accounting in Alabama


Business Insider identified Alabama as having the 46th worst performing economy of any state in the country when considering unemployment, nonfarm payroll job growth, wages, recent changes in housing prices, gross state product per capita, and Alabama's state government surplus and deficit. While the unemployment rate is 5.8 percent, the outlook for accountants and auditors isn't quite so grim: The Alabama Department of Labor estimates that between 2014 and 2024, the number of accounting jobs in the state will grow by 11 percent.

Accountants have good earning power in Alabama according to Alabama Department of Labor statistics. As of 2016, the mean wage of an accountant in the state is $33.53 per hour, with entry-level jobs paying a mean of $21.64 per hour and experienced professionals earning an average of $39.48 per hour. In May 2017, more than 420 accounting jobs in Alabama were listed on CareerBuilder.com, the largest number of which were located in Birmingham, followed by Huntsville and Montgomery.

Manufacturing and financial services are sectors that drive the state's economy, and each of these industries requires skilled accountants. Regions Financial is the only Fortune 500 company to call Alabama home, but large out-of-state companies (including financial players such as Wachovia and AmSouth Bancorporation) have a major presence. American Cast Iron and Pipe, Atlas RFID, Connected Logistics and Books-A-Million rank among Alabama's top employers. Three of the 'Big Four' audit firms, Deloitte, KPMG and PwC, have offices in Alabama, as do local firms like Warren Averett Wilson Price, providing a range of employment options for accountants.

Alabama is a two-tier state in that accountants earn a certified public accountant (CPA) certificate first and a CPA license second. Earning a CPA certificate in Alabama requires earning a bachelor's degree with an accounting focus and then passing the CPA exam. Your education must include 33 semester hours of advanced accounting courses, 27 hours of business courses and three hours of business law. In order to be licensed to practice in the state, you must document a year of work experience under a licensed CPA or two years of experience in the accounting industry, business, government or teaching college courses in accounting.

Maintaining your CPA or certified management accountant (CMA) license in Alabama requires documented continuing education, and professional organizations can provide these courses as well as career-boosting networking opportunities. The Alabama Society of CPAs (http://www.ascpa.org/Content/home.aspx) offers these benefits to CPAs, while CMAs can turn to the Institute of Management Accountants GulfSouth Council (http://gulfsouth.imanet.org). Sole practitioners and small firms can benefit from membership in the Alabama Association of Accountants & Tax Preparers (http://alassociationofaccountants.com).

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46 Schools Offering Accounting Degree Programs:


Alabama A & M University (Normal, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Alabama Southern Community College (Monroeville, AL)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Computerized Accounting
Alabama State University (Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Master of Accountancy
Athens State University (Athens, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Auburn University (Auburn University, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Accounting Bridge
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Graduate Certificate in Accounting
Master of Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Auburn University at Montgomery (Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Bevill State Community College (Jasper, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business office Management and Technology - Accounting
Certificate in Business office Management and Technology - Accounting
Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Bishop State Community College (Mobile, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology
Calhoun Community College (Tanner, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology
Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration - Accounting Technology
Associate of Science in Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Chattahoochee Valley Community College (Phenix City, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business - Accounting
Enterprise State Community College (Enterprise, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Gadsden State Community College (Gadsden, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology
Certificate in Accounting Specialist (Computerized)
H. Council Trenholm State Technical College (Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Technology in Accounting Techonlogy
Certificate in Accounting Technology
Herzing University (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Huntingdon College (Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
J F Drake State Technical College (Huntsville, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Technology in Accounting Technology
Certificate in Accounting Technology Program
Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Jefferson Davis Community College (Brewton, AL)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Accounting Technology
Jefferson State Community College (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate Of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate Of Applied Science in Accounting Support Specialist
Certificate in Accounting
Certificate in Accounting Specialist
(some programs offered online)
Lawson State Community College (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology
Certificate in Accounting Technology
Lurleen B Wallace Community College (Andalusia, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Computerized Accounting
Associate of Arts in Accounting
Associate of Science in Accounting
Certificate in Computerized Accounting
Miles College (Fairfield, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Northeast Alabama Community College (Rainsville, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Oakwood University (Huntsville, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Remington College (Mobile, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Business Administration - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Samford University (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration/Master of Accountancy - Dual in Business Administration/Accountancy
Snead State Community College (Boaz, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting
Certificate in Accounting Technology
South University (Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
AS - Accounting
MBA - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Southern Union State Community College (Wadley, AL)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Office Management - Accounting
Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Business Administration - Accounting
Stillman College (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Talladega College (Talladega, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Online Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Online Master of Accounting
(some programs offered online)
The University of Alabama in Huntsville (Huntsville, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) - CPA Preparatory in Assurance and Financial Reporting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) - CPA Preparatory in Taxation
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) - General Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) - Government Contract Accounting
Certificate in Accounting
Master of Accountancy
The University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
BBA Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Troy University (Troy, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
University of Mobile (Mobile, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Major in Accounting - Corporate/Non-Profit
Major in Accounting - Public Accounting
Master of Business Administration/Major in Accounting - Dual in Business Administration/Accounting
University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Busines Administration - Accounting
University of North Alabama (Florence, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
University of Phoenix (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
AA - Accounting
BS - Accounting
BS - Business/Accounting
MBA - Accounting
MS - Accountancy
(some programs offered online)
University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Master of Accounting
Virginia College (Birmingham, AL / Huntsville, AL / Mobile, AL / Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
AS - Acct Specialist
(some programs offered online)
Wallace Community College (Dothan, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business and Office Information Processing - Accounting Technology
Associate of Science in Business - Accounting
Associate of Science in Business Technology - Accounting Technology
Certificate in Business and Office Information Processing - Accounting Technology
Wallace Community College-Selma (Selma, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Office Administration - Accounting

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