The Complete Guide to a Career in Accounting

Pursuing a career in accounting is very timely as the field is experiencing increased demand because of new laws and regulations in response to the financial crisis of 2007-2010 and the ensuing corporate scandals.

In this infographic from our friends at Rasmussen, we get an overview of the profession mainly from a U.S. perspective.


  • The projected job growth for accounting from 2010 to 2020 is 16%
  • There were more than 313,000 job openings throughout last year
  • You are likely to need a bachelor's degree (76% of positions require this)
  • Common certifications are CPA, CISA, CIA and CFE

If you're interested in what accountants can make, have a look at the Emolument salary reports.

Related: How to Become an Investment Banker



Emolument provides bonus and salary statistics based on data submitted directly by professionals like you. It is free, anonymous, and already a trusted tool for thousands of professionals worldwide. Are you paid enough? Click here to find out now.

Are you an employer?

Hire and retain the best talent with accurate and reliable data

Benchmark Your Teams


Know what you're worth

Compare your compensation with peers in your industry


Back to Top