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Iowa's economy has been traditionally agriculturally based; however, that is changing rapidly. Food processing and industrial manufacturing are a major part of the economy. Citi-data reports that 120 of the Fortune Industrial 500 companies have plants in the state. Caterpillar, General Motors, U.S. Steel, and General Foods are large employers. Among Fortune 500 companies headquartered here are Principal Financial, Rockwell Collins, and Casey's General Store. National accounting giant McGladrey is headquartered in Minnesota but has a large presence here. KPMG, Ernst &Young, and Deloitte also have offices here. Local certified public accountant (CPA) firm Honekamp Krueger & Co. is headquartered in Dubuque but serves clients nationwide.

About 9,600 accountants are licensed in the state. The Iowa Workforce Information Network Iowa Occupational Projections for 2014 through 2024 expect growth of an average of 555 new jobs a year at a rate of 1.6 percent a year.

Iowa’s Workforce Development reveals that the median income among the state’s accountants was $56,680 as of 2015. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists a median Iowa accountant's income at $61,550 a year. Iowa state statistics put the average income at $62,910. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, accountants in Des Moines earn by far the highest average income at $70,230 as of 2016.  Accountants in Cedar Rapids earn the second highest average income at $66,900.

To earn your CPA license in Iowa, you must pass all parts of the Iowa certified public accountant exam; this exam covers auditing and attestation, business environment and concepts, financial accounting, and reporting and regulation. To be licensed by the Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau, you need to complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution; you also must complete 24 hours in accounting courses including auditing, taxation and management accounting and 150 hours in total. You must attain a year of work experience that has been verified by an active CPA licensee.

You can turbo charge your career through involvement with various associations around the state. The Iowa Society of CPAs (http://www.iacpa.org) offers not only networking and continuing education but also a job board. The North Central Regional Council of the Institute of Management Accountants (http://www.imanet.org/ima_home.aspx) has programs for certified management accountants (CMAs) in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Des Moines, and Waterloo-Cedar Falls.

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43 Schools Offering Accounting Degree Programs:


AIB College of Business (Des Moines, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Major in Accounting
Major in Accounting and Business Leadership
Major in Accounting and Financial Services
Major in Accounting and Information Technolog
Major in Accounting and Insurance Services
Ashford University (Clinton, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - Business Economics
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - Finance
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - Information Systems
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - International Management
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - Operations Management
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - Project Management
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - Public Administration
(some programs offered online)
Briar Cliff University (Sioux City, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Buena Vista University (Storm Lake, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Central College (Pella, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Clarke University (Dubuque, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Coe College (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - Managerial Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - Public Accounting
Des Moines Area Community College (Ankeny, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting Information Systems
Associate of Science in Accounting Paraprofessional
Certificate in Accounting Certificate I
Certificate in Accounting Certificate II
Certificate in Accounting Payroll
Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Major in Accounting/Major in Agribusiness - Double Major in Accounting/Agribusiness
Major in Business/Major in Accounting - Double Major in Business/Accounting
Drake University (Des Moines, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting/Major in Acturial Science - Dual in Accounting/Actuarial Science
Major in Accounting/Major in Finance - Dual in Accounting/Finance
Major in Accounting/Major in Information Systems - Dual in Accounting/Information Systems
Major in Accounting/Major in International Business - Dual in Accounting/International Business
Major in Accounting/Major in Management - Dual in Accounting/Management
Major in Accounting/Major in Marketing - Dual in Accounting/Marketing
Master of Accounting
Eastern Iowa Community College District (Davenport, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Management - Accounting Management
Diploma in Accounting Management
Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Falls, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Arts in Accounting
Diploma in Accounting
Graceland University (Lamoni, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - Business
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - Economics
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - Information Technology
Grand View University (Des Moines, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Accounting
Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Management in Accounting
Hawkeye Community College (Waterloo, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Diploma in Accounting
Indian Hills Community College (Ottumwa, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts in Accounting
Diploma in Computer Accounting
Iowa Central Community College (Fort Dodge, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting Associate
Iowa Lakes Community College (Estherville, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting Specialist
Certificate in Accounting Specialist
Diploma in Accounting Associate
Diploma in Accounting Specialist
Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Master of Accounting
Kaplan University (Cedar Falls, IA / Cedar Rapids, IA / Council Bluffs, IA / Davenport, IA / Mason City, IA / Urbandale, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
AAS - Accounting
Advanced Start Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Advanced Start Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Auditing/Forensic Accountancy
Advanced Start Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Governmental/Nonprofit Accountancy
Advanced Start Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Managerial Accountancy
Advanced Start Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Public Accountancy
Advanced Start Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Tax Accountancy
B.S. - Accounting
B.S. - Accounting - Auditing
B.S. - Accounting - Managerial Accountancy
B.S. - Accounting - Public Accountancy
B.S. - Accounting - Tax Accountancy
Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Governmental-Nonprofit Accountancy
MS - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting - Cost Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting - Credit
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting - Finance
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting - Financial Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting - Financial Reporting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting - General Accounting
Loras College (Dubuque, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Business Administration - Accounting
Luther College (Decorah, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Maharishi University of Management (Fairfield, IA)
Levels Offered:
Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Master of Business Administration in Accounting
Master of Business Administration in Accounting - Management Accounting
Marshalltown Community College (Marshalltown, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts in Accounting
Associate of Science Career Option in Accounting
Diploma in Accounting
Morningside College (Sioux City, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Mount Mercy College (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
North Iowa Area Community College (Mason City, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Business/Accounting
Associate of Science in Information Technology - Accounting
Certificate in Accounting
Diploma in Accounting With Computer
Northeast Iowa Community College (Calmar, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Specialist
Diploma in Accounting Clerk
Northwest Iowa Community College (Sheldon, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Arts in Accounting (Pre-Professional)
Diploma in Clerical Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Northwestern College (Orange City, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Saint Ambrose University (Davenport, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in International Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Major in Accounting
Master of Accounting
Master of Accounting - Management Information Systems
Simpson College (Indianola, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Accounting
Major in Accounting
Southeastern Community College (West Burlington, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Office Administration - Accounting Administrative
Associate of Science in Office Administration - Accounting Administrative
Southwestern Community College (Creston, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting And Information Technology
Associate of Science in Accounting
Associate of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
University of Dubuque (Dubuque, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting
Master of Accountancy
University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
University of Phoenix (Cedar Rapids, IA / Des Moines, IA / West Des Moines, IA)
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)
Upper Iowa University (Fayette, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
BS - Accounting
MBA - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Wartburg College (Waverly, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Western Iowa Tech Community College (Sioux City, IA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Specialist
Associate of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Diploma in Accounting
William Penn University (Oskaloosa, IA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Major in Accounting - Accounting-General
Major in Accounting - Accounting-Public

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