Studying Accounting in West Virginia


West Virginia’s unemployment rate, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, is 4.9 7.5 percent as of March 2017, slightly above the national average. This represents a substantial improvement over the rate during the great recession and indicates that West Virginia’s economy is firmly on the path to recovery. The West Virginia Department of Commerce reports that accounting jobs are expected to grow at 0.85 percent a year through 2022.

Accountants in West Virginia can expect to earn an average wage of $63,380 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' May 2016 report. Most accounting jobs can be found in the state capitol of Charleston, although wages are higher in Parkersburg-Vienna. An entry-level accountant in the bottom ten percent in Parkersburg-Vienna can earn $44,040, while a lead accountant in the top ten percent can earn $102,070.

No Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in West Virginia; however, a number of large companies have operations here. Manufacturing plays a big role in the economy, with chemical companies like DuPont providing jobs in the state. Energy is another leading industry, led by coal companies such as Consolidation Coal. Wal-Mart, West Virginia Unite.

Health System, Charleston Area Medical Center and Kroger are also major employers.

Of the 'Big Four' accounting companies, only Ernst & Young has offices in West Virginia; however, local firms have a significant regional presence. Arnett Foster Toothman, headquartered in Charleston, is one of the top 150 firms in the U.S.; Hayflich Grigoraci is another large local firm.

Before you can sit for the certified public accountant (CPA) exam in West Virginia, you need a bachelor's degree with an accounting concentration. In addition to passing the CPA certification exam, you need to be able to document a year of work experience, verified by a licensed CPA, before you can be licensed.

The West Virginia Society of CPAs (https://secure.wvscpa.org/) has an active calendar of networking and advocacy events, along with the continuing education courses needed to keep your license current. The West Virginia Public Accountants Association (http://www.wvpaa.org/) provides support to sole practitioners and smaller firms.

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30 Schools Offering Accounting Degree Programs:


Alderson-Broaddus College (Philippi, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
American Public University System (Charles Town, WV)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts in Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration-Practicum Option - Accounting
Bethany College (Bethany, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Bluefield State College (Bluefield, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
BridgeValley Community and Technical College (Montgomery, WV)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting
Concord University (Athens, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Davis & Elkins College (Elkins, WV)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Fairmont State University (Fairmont, WV)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Technology - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Glenville State College (Glenville, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Huntington Junior College (Huntington, WV)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Accounting
Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College (Institute, WV)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting - Accounting - General Option
Certificate in Accounting
Marshall University (Huntington, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Mountwest Community and Technical College (Huntington, WV)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Management Technology - Accounting
Certificate in Accounting/Bookkeeping
New River Community and Technical College (Beckley, WV)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in General Business - Accounting
Technical Certificate in Accounting Data Entry Clerk
Ohio Valley University (Vienna, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Certificate in Professional Accounting
Salem International University (Salem, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (Mount Gay, WV)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Accounting
University of Charleston (Charleston, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Executive Master of Forensic Accounting
Valley College (Princeton, WV)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Accounting Speciality
Valley College of Technology (Beckley, WV / Martinsburg, WV)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Accounting Speciality
West Liberty University (West Liberty, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Applied Science in Accounting
West Virginia Business College-Wheeling (Wheeling, WV)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Business Administration - Computer Applications Accounting
Diploma in Business Management - Accounting
Diploma in Computer Application - Accounting
West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown (Morgantown, WV)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Specialized Business in Accounting
Diploma in Accounting
West Virginia Northern Community College (Wheeling, WV)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Studies - Accounting
Associate of Science in Accounting/Business Administration
West Virginia State University (Institute, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Business Administration - Accounting
West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation
Master of Professional Accountancy
West Virginia University at Parkersburg (Parkersburg, WV)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration - Accounting Technician
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (Montgomery, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Business - Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Marketing - Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Fraud Management
Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Information Technology
(some programs offered online)
West Virginia Wesleyan College (Buckhannon, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Wheeling Jesuit University (Wheeling, WV)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Master of Science in Accountancy

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