Studying Accounting in Wisconsin


The economy in Wisconsin is on the rebound. Unemployment is the 11th lowest in the country as of March 2017 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is good news for accountants. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, which produces official state employment data, expects the number of accounting jobs to increase by 11.5 percent between 2014 and 2024, with an average of 878 jobs opening each year.

Wisconsin's non-agricultural economy is largely manufacturing based. Fortune 500 companies in the state include Kohl’s, Harley-Davidson, Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation and Bemis, and some of the largest employers include the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Menard. Insurance and financial firms are clustered in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, where insurance giant Northwestern Mutual is headquartered and investment advisor Robert W. Baird resides. Big national banks have a major presence in the city, as do local banks like Associated Bank and M&I Bank. If you're looking for a career in a certified public accounting (CPA) firm, the 'Big Four' accounting firms all have Wisconsin offices; mid-size local firms like Clifton Gunderson, Schenck and Wegner CPAs also provide job opportunities. Larger companies and most job opportunities are clustered around cities such as Milwaukie, Madison and Appleton.

The average income for accountants in Wisconsin is $66,070, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' May 2016 survey. The Bureau pegs entry-level wages at $41,400 and income for experienced professionals at $97,460. Income varies greatly depending on location.  For example, an accountant in the Milwaukee area earns $70,120 on average, while a Fond du Lac accountant averages $59,020.

To be considered for the jobs with higher pay and growth prospects, you will need to be both certified and licensed as a CPA in Wisconsin. To be certified, you must earn a bachelor's degree and pass both the CPA exam and an ethics exam. Before you can obtain your license, you'll need a year of public accounting work experience.

Networking is important for advancing your career, and continuing education courses are required to maintain licensure. Professional organizations can provide both.  The Wisconsin Institute of CPAs (http://www.wicpa.org) offers accredited classes and has active chapters statewide. The Wisconsin Association of Accountants (http://www.waainc.org/), serves independent practitioners, while certified management accountants (CMAs) are served by the Institute for Management Accountants, which has two councils serving the state: The Mid-America Council (http://midamerica.imanet.org/board.htm) and the Northern Lights Council (http://ima-northernlights.imanet.org/).

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50 Schools Offering Accounting Degree Programs:


Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Management Accounting
American Samoa Community College (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting
Major in Business - Accounting
Blackhawk Technical College (Janesville, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Accounting
Certificate in Accounting Assistant
Certificate in Small Business Accounting
Bryant & Stratton College (Milwaukee, WI / Wauwatosa, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Accounting
Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Carroll University (Waukesha, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Carthage College (Kenosha, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Chippewa Valley Technical College (Eau Claire, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Accounting
Bachelor of Accounting
Certificate in Small Business Accounting
College of Menominee Nation (Keshena, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts and Science in Accounting
Concordia University-Wisconsin (Mequon, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
DeVry University (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, 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
Graduate Certificate in Accounting
Master of Accounting and Financial Management
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Edgewood College (Madison, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Accounting/Master of Business Administration - Combined Degree Program in Accounting/Business Administration
Bachelor of Accounting/Master of Science in Accountancy - Combined Degree Program in Accounting/Accountancy
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Science in Accounting
Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Technical Diploma in Accounting Assistant
Gateway Technical College (Kenosha, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Certificate in Small Business Accounting
Globe University (Eau Claire, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting and Tax Specialist
Associate of Applied Science in Management Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Diploma in Accounting
Herzing University (Madison, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (Hayward, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting
Associate of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Lakeland College (Plymouth, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Lakeshore Technical College (Cleveland, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Madison Area Technical College (Madison, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Technical Diploma in Accounting Assistant
Maranatha Baptist University (Watertown, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Major in Accounting Management
Marian University of Fond du Lac (Fond du Lac, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Business Accounting
Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Science in Accounting
Mid-State Technical College (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Moraine Park Technical College (Fond du Lac, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
Mount Mary College (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Post-baccalaureate Certificates in Accounting
Nicolet Area Technical College (Rhinelander, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Certificate in Small Business Accounting
Northcentral Technical College (Wausau, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Technical Diploma in Accounting Assistant - Accounting Assistant Technical
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Accounting
Ottawa University (Brookfield, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
BA in Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Rasmussen College (Appleton, WI / Green Bay, WI / Wausau, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
AAS - Accounting
AAS - Accounting - Banking
AAS - Accounting - Financial Investigation
AAS - Financial Accounting
Associate of Accounting
Associate of Accounting - Banking
Associate of Accounting - Financial Accounting
Associate of Accounting - Financial Investigation
Bachelor of Accounting
BS - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Saint Norbert College (De Pere, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Silver Lake College (Manitowoc, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
University of Phoenix (Brookfield, WI / Madison, WI)
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 Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Eau Claire, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (La Crosse, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accountancy
University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting/Master of Accountancy - Dual in Accounting/Accountancy
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting/Master of Business Administration - Dual in Accounting/Business Administration
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Science in Management - Accounting
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Oshkosh, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Major in Accounting
Major in Accounting - Computer Science
Major in Accounting - Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
Major in Accounting - Healthcare Management
Major in Accounting - Information Management
Major in Accounting - Insurance
Major in Accounting - International Management
Major in Accounting - Legal Studies in Business
Major in Accounting - Production & Operations Management
Major in Accounting - Real Estate
University of Wisconsin-Parkside (Kenosha, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Management - Accounting
University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Platteville, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
University of Wisconsin-River Falls (River Falls, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Stevens Point, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
University of Wisconsin-Superior (Superior, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Whitewater, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Professional Accountancy
Master of Professional Accounting
Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Waukesha County Technical College (Pewaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Accounting (Health Care)
Certificate in Computerized Accounting
Certificate in International Accounting
Technical Certificate in Accounting (Health Care)
Technical Certificate in Computerized Accounting Specialist
Technical Certificate in International Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Western Technical College (La Crosse, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Internal Certificate in Computerized Accounting
Technical Diploma in Accounting Assistant
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Shell Lake, WI)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Accounting
Technical Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee, WI)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Business Administration - Accounting

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