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Accounting Schools in Idaho

Accounting Schools in Idaho

Whether providing complex auditing and assurance services, or simply making sure the books are balanced each month, accounting professionals can help organizations of all types and sizes have a clear understanding of their finances. Accounting schools in Idaho may help prepare individuals looking to become accountants, auditors, bookkeepers or related financial experts. From accounting certificates to Master of Accountancy degrees, there are programs suited to a range of educational and career goals. During their studies, accounting students can expect to learn about concepts such as financial reporting, managerial accounting, internal auditing, taxation, accounting and business law, and accounting information systems.

Idaho Schools: Accounting Programs

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 12 schools in Idaho offer accounting-related programs (nces.gov, 2013). These programs provide instruction in one or more of these areas: accounting, accounting and business/management, accounting and finance, accounting technology and bookkeeping, accounting and other related services, auditing.

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

Boise State University

Boise

www.boisestate.edu

4-year, Public

$13,790

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Rexburg

www.byui.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$10,240

Broadview University-Boise

Meridian

broadviewuniversity.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$17,296

Brown Mackie College-Boise

Boise

www.brownmackie.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$19,279

College of Southern Idaho

Twin Falls

www.csi.edu

2-year, Public

$5,990

College of Western Idaho

Nampa

cwidaho.cc/

2-year, Public

$6,718

CollegeAmerica-Stevens Henager College

Idaho Falls

www.stevenshenager.edu/

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$21,065

Eastern Idaho Technical College

Idaho Falls

www.eitc.edu

2-year, Public

$7,611

Idaho State University

Pocatello

www.isu.edu/

4-year, Public

$12,328

Lewis-Clark State College

Lewiston

www.lcsc.edu

4-year, Public

$13,485

North Idaho College

Coeur d'Alene

www.nic.edu/

2-year, Public

$7,898

Northwest Nazarene University

Nampa

www.nnu.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,514

Stevens Henager College

Boise

www.stevenshenager.edu/

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$24,601

The College of Idaho

Caldwell

www.collegeofidaho.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,187

University of Idaho

Moscow

www.uidaho.edu

4-year, Public

$14,147

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2013, College Navigator, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Certification and Licensing Requirements for Idaho Accountants

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that earning licensure as a Certified Public Accountant, or CPA, can enhance an individual's job prospects (bls.gov/ooh, 2012). It is legally required if filing reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Licensing requirements in Idaho include at least 150 semester hours of college education (with 24 in accounting and 24 in non-accounting business courses) as well as a bachelor's degree from an institution approved by the board. Prospective CPAs in Idaho must also pass the Uniform CPA examination and one year of on-the-job experience with 2,000 clocked hours, as stated by the Idaho State Board of Accountancy. This must be done either full or part-time within a range of 12 to 36 months. Finally, candidates need to pass an ethics course given by the American Institute of CPAs.

Individuals considering earning accounting degrees in Idaho should check with the Idaho State Board of Accountancy for complete licensing details and the most up-to-date requirements.

Potential Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in Idaho

Education and experience typically dictate the types of accounting jobs graduates can pursue. For example, those with an associate degree may be able to find employment as a bookkeeping clerk while someone with a bachelor's may start their career as a junior accountant. Some finance professions, including budget analysts and financial analysts, may require a master's degree in some cases.

Accounting graduates may find opportunities in various workplace settings and industries, from health care to education to private accounting firms. The state of Idaho is home to accounting firms of all sizes. Two of the "Big Four" accounting firms in the U.S. -- Deloitte and KPMG -- are represented in the state. Examples of other accounting firms in Idaho include Eide Bailly, CliftonLarsonAllen, and the following companies:

Accounting Firms in Idaho

City

Website

B.A. Harris & Associates

Boise

harriscpa.com

Bailey & Company

Nampa

baileycpas.com

Callister & Associates

Meridian

callisterandassociates.com

CliftonLarsonAllen

Boise

cliftonlarsonallen.com

Cooper Norman

American Falls, Boise, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls

coopernorman.com

Cox-CPA & Company

Boise

cox-cpa.com

Deagle, Ames Co.

Twin Falls

deagleames.com

Deloitte

Boise

deloitte.com

Eide Bailly

Boise

eidebailly.com

Galusha, Higgins & Galusha

Idaho Falls

ghg-cpa.com

Grow Rasmussen

Boise

growrasmussen.com

Hayden Ross

Moscow

haydenross.com

KPMG

Boise

kpmg.com

Magnuson, McHugh & Company

Coeur d'Alene

mmcocpa.com

Mower & Associates

Meridian

mowercpa.com

Nichols Accounting

Nampa

nicholsaccounting.com

Presnell Gage

Lewiston, Moscow

presnellgage.com

Rudd & Company

Driggs, Idaho Falls, Rexburg

ruddco.com

Smith, Kunz & Associates

Rexburg

smith-kunz.com

Travis Jeffries

Boise

travis-jeffries.com

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in Idaho

The Idaho Department of Labor expects high demand for accountants and auditors, as well as bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks between 2010 and 2020 based on projected annual openings. Estimates show 136 new accountant and auditor positions and 229 new bookkeeping, accounting and auditing positions should be available each year during this span (labor.idaho.gov, 2013). To see how these and other Idaho accounting jobs stack up against national statistics, please refer to the following table:

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, Idaho (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Projected National Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Accountants and Auditors

$61,170

$71,040

15%

16%

Cost Estimators

$56,850

$63,080

27%

36%

Budget Analysts

$66,780

$72,100

9%

10%

Credit Analysts

$59,130

$69,500

26%

23%

Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerks

$32,460

$36,640

15%

14%

Financial Examiners

$59,560

$84,220

21%

27%

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

$48,520

$56,050

9%

7%

Financial Analysts

$79,770

$89,410

21%

23%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; Idaho Department of Labor, 2012

* Salaries and employment opportunities may vary based on experience, education, location and other factors.

Sources:

Accountants and Auditors, May 2012 Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132011.htm

Accountants and Auditors, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Edition), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm

College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Idaho Association of Public Accountants

http://www.iapacct.com/

Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants

http://www.idcpa.org/

Idaho, May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_id.htm

Licensing Information, Idaho State Board of Accountancy

http://isba.idaho.gov/htm/license.htm

National Employment by Occupation, Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://bls.gov/emp/ep_table_102.htm

United States, May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm