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Accounting Schools in Oregon

With an accounting degree, individuals may be able to qualify for positions such as credit analyst, auditor, bookkeeping clerk, or budget analyst. By earning a graduate degree, people may be able to become educators or even executives in companies.

Many postsecondary institutions in Oregon offer accounting programs where students can earn a certificate, associate, bachelor's, or graduate degree. These programs can teach students about tax law, business practices, accounting best practices, budgeting, and financial reporting.

Oregon Schools: Accounting Programs

The colleges and universities listed below offer accounting degree programs according to the National Center for Education Statistics:

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

Abdill Career College Inc

Medford

www.abdill.com

< 2-year, Private for-profit

$20,243

Blue Mountain Community College

Pendleton

www.bluecc.edu

2-year, Public

$9,819

Central Oregon Community College

Bend

www.cocc.edu

2-year, Public

$8,604

Chemeketa Community College

Salem

www.chemeketa.edu

2-year, Public

$7,755

Clackamas Community College

Oregon City

www.clackamas.edu

2-year, Public

$3,667

Clatsop Community College

Astoria

www.clatsopcc.edu

2-year, Public

$8,149

Columbia Gorge Community College

The Dalles

www.cgcc.cc.or.us

2-year, Public

$8,595

Everest College-Portland

Portland

www.everest.edu/campus/portland

2-year, Private for-profit

$21,068

George Fox University

Newberg

www.georgefox.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$23,934

Heald College-Portland

Portland

www.heald.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$22,989

Klamath Community College

Klamath Falls

www.klamathcc.edu

2-year, Public

$7,531

Lane Community College

Eugene

www.Lanecc.edu

2-year, Public

$8,326

Linfield College-Adult Degree Program

McMinnville

www.linfield.edu/dce/

4-year, Private not-for-profit

NA

Linfield College-McMinnville Campus

McMinnville

www.linfield.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$23,487

Linn-Benton Community College

Albany

www.linnbenton.edu

2-year, Public

$8,085

Mt Hood Community College

Gresham

www.mhcc.edu

2-year, Public

$8,406

Northwest Christian University

Eugene

www.nwcu.edu/

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,114

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls

www.oit.edu

4-year, Public

$13,354

Oregon State University

Corvallis

oregonstate.edu

4-year, Public

$15,950

Pioneer Pacific College

Wilsonville

www.pioneerpacific.edu

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

$19,119

Portland Community College

Portland

www.pcc.edu

2-year, Public

$7,943

Portland State University

Portland

www.pdx.edu

4-year, Public

$12,335

Rogue Community College

Grants Pass

www.roguecc.edu

2-year, Public

$9,324

Southern Oregon University

Ashland

www.sou.edu

4-year, Public

$13,301

Southwestern Oregon Community College

Coos Bay

www.socc.edu

2-year, Public

$8,913

Tillamook Bay Community College

Tillamook

www.tbcc.cc.or.us/

2-year, Public

$7,212

Treasure Valley Community College

Ontario

www.tvcc.cc

2-year, Public

$8,593

Umpqua Community College

Roseburg

www.umpqua.edu/

2-year, Public

$10,700

University of Oregon

Eugene

www.uoregon.edu

4-year, Public

$15,403

University of Portland

Portland

www.up.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$33,384

Warner Pacific College

Portland

www.warnerpacific.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$20,655

Warner Pacific College Adult Degree Program

Portland

www.warnerpacific.edu/adult-degrees/adult-degree-program

4-year, Private not-for-profit

NA

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

Certification and Licensing Requirements for Oregon Accountants

Those who hold accounting degrees in Oregon might choose to become licensed as a Public Accountant or a Certified Public Accountant. Since federal law requires anyone who files a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission to be a CPA, many employers prefer applicants who hold the license, according to the BLS.

To earn a CPA, aspiring accountants must hold a bachelor's degree with at least 150 semester hours of education. Of those hours, at least 24 must be in accounting and another 24 must be in related subjects, according to the Oregon Board of Accountancy. Also required are an ethics course, competency in seven separate areas of accounting practice, and proof of one year of supervised employment of at least 20 hours per week.

The state offers another option called the Public Accountant license, which requires passing grades on three sections of the CPA exam, including Business Economic & Concepts, Financial Accounting & Reporting, and Regulations. One year of full-time employment or 2,080 hours of part-time employment is also required.

Licenses must be renewed every two years. Continuing education credits of 80 hours, including at least 24 hours each year, are required for renewal. It's important to refer to the state's Board of Accountancy for current requirements and licensing information.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in Oregon

People who graduate from accounting schools in Oregon might pursue employment with three of the "Big Four" accounting firms, including Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and KPMG. Other firms in Oregon include:

Accounting Firms in Oregon

City

Website

Theodore Kleinman, CPA

Redmond

www.ustaxhelp.com

Erik Schneider, CPA

Portland

www.thecreativeprofessional.com

Linette Landis CPA PC

Gresham

www.cpagresham.com

Guyer, Lindley, Bailey & Martin CPA's

Bend

www.glbm.net/

Alten Sakai & Company LLP

Portland

www.altensakai.com/

Northwest Accounting & Tax

Portland

www.nwtax.com/

DeLap White Caldwell & Croy, LLP

Portland

www.delapcpa.com/

Geffen Mesher

Portland

www.gmco.com/

Grant Thornton

Portland

www.grantthornton.com/

AKT CPA

Lake Oswego

www.aktcpa.com/

Hoffman, Stewart & Schmidt, P. C

Lake Oswego

www.hss-cpas.com/index.php

Jones & Roth

Eugene

www.jrcpa.com/cpa/

Moss Adams LLP

Portland

www.mossadams.com/Home

Talbot, Korvola & Warwick, LLP

Lake Oswego

www.tkw.com/

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in Oregon

Here are a few accounting positions with Oregon wages compared to the national average:

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, Oregon (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Projected National Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Accountants and Auditors

$63,030

$71,040

21.7%

16%

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

$36,640

$36,640

18.9%

36%

Financial Analysts

$108,490

$72,100

19.2%

10%

Credit Analysts

$61,440

$69,500

19.7%

23%

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

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

Sources:

Accountants and Auditors, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm#tab-1

Employment Projections by Industry and Occupation, 2010 to 2020: Oregon Statewide, Oregon Employment Department, 2012,

http://www.qualityinfo.org/pubs/projections/sw.pdf

National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013,

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#13-0000

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

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_or.htm#13-0000

Oregon Board of Accountancy,

http://www.oregon.gov/BOA/Pages/index.aspx

Oregon Employment Department, Employment Projections by Industry and Occupation, http://www.qualityinfo.org/olmisj/OlmisZine

College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

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

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

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

 

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