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Accounting Schools in Nevada

Nevada's economy -- including its tourism, gaming and mining industries -- could offer a variety of possible career options for accounting school graduates. Many types of businesses rely on accounting professionals to provide a clear picture of company finances, whether through auditing, bookkeeping, cost accounting, tax preparation or other types of accounting services.

Prospective students can find a variety of degree options at accounting schools in Nevada, including associate, bachelor's and advanced graduate degrees. Postsecondary certificates and diplomas may be available as well. Some accounting schools in Nevada give students the ability to take part or all of their coursework online, an option that could allow them to meet personal and professional commitments while advancing toward their career goals. During their studies, students can expect to learn about key accounting concepts such as corporate taxation, financial reporting, accounting information systems and managerial accounting.

Nevada Schools: Accounting Programs

Accounting schools in Nevada have academic programs in several subject areas, including: accounting, auditing, accounting and business/management, accounting technology and bookkeeping, accounting and finance, and accounting and other related services. Below is a list of institutions, compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics, offering at least one of these program types.

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas

www.csn.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

$6,404

Great Basin College

Elko

www.gbcnv.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

$9,270

Morrison University

Reno

www.morrison.anthem.edu

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

$25,282

Truckee Meadows Community College

Reno

www.tmcc.edu

2-year, Public

$9,264

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Las Vegas

go.unlv.edu/

4-year, Public

$10,038

University of Nevada-Reno

Reno

www.unr.edu/

4-year, Public

$15,033

Western Nevada College

Carson City

www.wnc.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

$9,239

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

Certification and Licensing Requirements for Accountants in Nevada

Accountants who file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission must be licensed as Certified Public Accountants according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Gaining CPA licensure may also improve job prospects, even in circumstances where it's not required under law.

In Nevada, CPAs are certified through the Nevada State Board of Accountancy. Requirements for prospective CPAs include completion of a bachelor's degree program and 150 college semester hours. At least 30 of those hours must be in accounting studies above the introductory level, 24 hours in non-accounting business topics, and three hours must be in business law. As of 2013, candidates need two years of public accounting experience as well as a passing grade on the Uniform CPA Exam. For the latest licensing requirements and additional details, contact the Nevada State Board of Accountancy.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in Nevada

Those who earn accounting degrees in Nevada could have a range of employment opportunities after graduation, including positions at hotel properties or gaming companies in major cities like Reno and Las Vegas. Other potential employers include international accounting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and Ernst & Young. Nevada also is home to a number of other accounting firms, some of which are presented below:

Accounting Firms in Nevada

City

Website

Barnard Vogler & Co.

Reno

www.bvcocpas.com

Cartlidge, Cartlidge & Company

Reno

www.renocpa.net

Coulson & Associates

Reno

www.coulsoncpa.com

Hilburn & Lein

Las Vegas

www.hilburn-lein.com

Grant Thornton

Reno

www.grantthornton.com

Kafoury, Armstrong & Co.

Reno, Elko, Fallon, Las Vegas

www.kafoury.com

Kohn Colodny

Reno

www.kohncpas.com

McGladrey

Las Vegas

www.mcgladrey.com

McMullen, McPhee & Company

Elko, Ely

www.mcmullen-mcphee.com

Muckel Anderson CPAs

Reno

www.muckelanderson.com

Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern

Las Vegas

www.pbtk.com

The Bullard Macy Group

Reno

www.bullardmacy.com

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in Nevada

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 19 percent of professionals in Nevada's business and financial operations sector were accountants or auditors in May 2012, professions that typically require a bachelor's degree. Below is an overview of several potential career paths for students who earn accounting degrees in Nevada, with mean wages and employment projections compared to the national average:

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, Nevada (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Projected Nationwide Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Accountants and Auditors

$62,550

$71,040

1%

16%

Budget Analysts

$72,410

$72,100

1%

10%

Financial Analysts

$74,710

$69,500

2%

23%

Credit Analysts

$67,020

$69,500

1%

23%

Cost Estimators

$64,240

$63,080

3%

36%

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

$64,300

$56,050

1%

7%

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, 2013

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

Sources:

10 Year Occupational Employment Projections, Research & Analysis Bureau, Nevada Workforce Informer

http://www.nevadaworkforce.com/cgi/dataanalysis/AreaSelection.asp?tableName=Occprj

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/

Licensing/Certification Requirements, Nevada State Board of Accountancy

http://www.nvaccountancy.com/requirements.fx

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

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

Nevada, May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nv.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