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A Rutgers University study released in April 2012 states that New Jersey's unemployment rates will not recover to pre-recession levels until 2016 at the current pace. However, the same study declared that we are officially out of the recession, with 32,000 jobs added statewide in 2011. The state of New Jersey's Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported in 2010 that job growth projections for the profession will average 11.9 percent a year, with 450 new accounting jobs added annually.

Despite a tough job market, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2012 report names New Jersey among the top 10 states in terms of salaries for accountants. The average accountant's salary in New Jersey is $81,250, compared to $70,130 nationally. What you choose to specialize in makes a difference. Working as a senior accountant in a nationally known certified public accountant (CPA) firm earns you a salary of $91,000. Specialize in an area such as tax and your salary jumps to $119,000, according to 2012 surveys on Indeed.com. Where you work matters, too. Salary.com's figures for a mid-level accounting manager vary across the state. In Bergen, your salary could be $84,335. In Newark, a similar job might pay $97,506.

Major industries in New Jersey include pharmaceuticals, with multinationals like Merck and Johnson & Johnson calling the state home. National retailers like Toys "R" Us, the Children's Place and Bed, Bath & Beyond also are headquartered here. With its proximity to New York, financial services companies like Goldman Sachs, Citibank and others have a large workforce across the river here in New Jersey. CNN/Money's Best Companies to Work For in 2012 lists the 'Big Four' CPA firm KPMG out of Short Hills in its top five. For smaller to mid-size local firms, Wilkin & Guttenplan in New Brunswick takes top 10 honors on the NJBiz Best Companies list.

New Jersey is a competitive market where certifications and experience matters. As a candidate for a CPA license, you must earn a business degree, ideally in accounting from an institution accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business or the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. You must earn at least 24 credit hours in accounting and another 24 credit hours in general business.

Networking is important when building a career in accounting, and professional development is required. The New Jersey Society of CPAs (http://www.njscpa.org/) has resources to help you do both; it also has some 11 chapters around the state. The Institute for Management Accountants has a New Jersey Council (http://njcouncil.imanet.org/) with several city chapters.

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44 Schools Offering Accounting Degree Programs:


Atlantic Cape Community College (Mays Landing, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting - Accounting Information Systems
Bergen Community College (Paramus, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Berkeley College (West Paterson, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Bloomfield College (Bloomfield, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting - General Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Professional Accounting
Master of Accounting
Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
Certificate in Accounting
Burlington County College (Pemberton, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Science in Accounting
Certificate in Accounting
Caldwell College (Caldwell, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Camden County College (Blackwood, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
College of Saint Elizabeth (Morristown, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
County College of Morris (Randolph, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Business Administration - Private Accounting
Associate of Science in Business Administration - Public Accounting
Cumberland County College (Vineland, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Academic Certificate in Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
DeVry University (North Brunswick, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Management - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Technical Management - Accounting
Master of Accounting and Financial Management
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Dover Business College (Clifton, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Master of Business Administration - Computerized Accounting
Essex County College (Newark, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Science in Accounting
Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison, NJ / Teaneck, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Master of Science in Accounting - Dual Degree Program in Accounting
Master of Science in Accounting
Felician College (Lodi, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Georgian Court University (Lakewood, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Gloucester County College (Sewell, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting - Computer Accounting
Certificate in Accounting
Professional Development Certificate in Accounting
Professional Development Certificate in Computer Accounting
Hudson County Community College (Jersey City, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Science in Accounting
Kean University (Union, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Master of Science in Accounting - Dual Degree Program in Accounting
Master of Science in Accounting
Keyskills Learning (Clifton, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Computer Accounting
Diploma in Computerized Financial Accounting
Diploma in Office Careers with Computerized Accounting
Mercer County Community College (West Windsor, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Business Management - Accounting and Management
Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Post-Master Certificate in Accounting
Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Science in Accounting
Post Master Certificate in Accounting
Post-MBA Certificate in Accounting
New Jersey City University (Jersey City, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Master of Science in Accounting - Combined Degree Program in Accounting
Graduate Certificate in Management Accounting
Master of Science in Accounting
New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business - Accounting
Passaic County Community College (Paterson, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Achievement Certificate in Computerized Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Ramapo College of New Jersey (Mahwah, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Raritan Valley Community College (Branchburg, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Information Systems
Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Major in Accounting - Forensic Accounting
Master of Accountancy
Master of Accountancy - Computer Information Systems
Master of Accountancy - Entrepreneurship
Master of Accountancy - Finance
Master of Accountancy - Fraud and Forensic Accounting
Master of Accountancy - Global Business
Master of Accountancy - Management& Human Resources
Master of Accountancy - Marketing
Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Master of Business Administration in Accounting
Master of Science in Accounting
Rutgers Camden (Camden, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey-Newark (Newark, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting Information
Major in Accounting
Master of Accountancy
Master of Accountancy - Financial Accounting
Master of Accountancy - Governmental Accounting
Master of Accountancy - Professional Accounting
Master of Accountancy - Taxation
Rutgers University - New Brunswick (New Brunswick, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting Information
Major in Business - Accounting
Master of Accountancy
Master of Accountancy - Financial Accounting
Master of Accountancy - Governmental Accounting
Master of Accountancy - Professional Accounting
Master of Accountancy - Taxation
Saint Peter's College (Jersey City, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Science in Accountancy
Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Master of Science in Professional Accounting - Dual in Business Administration/Professional Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Science in Accounting
Master of Science in Professional Accounting
Sussex County Community College (Newton, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting
Certificate in Computerized Accounting
The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Pomona, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Studies - Accounting
Thomas Edison State College (Trenton, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting
Union County College (Cranford, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
University of Phoenix (Jersey City, NJ)
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)
Warren County Community College (Washington, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Management - Accounting Management
William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting

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