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Accounting Schools in Vermont

Individuals who wish to earn accounting degrees in Vermont have a handful of schools to choose from, including two-year community colleges as well as both private and public universities. Some accounting schools in Vermont, such as Champlain College, offer their accounting programs online.

Students have the opportunity to gain core competency in accounting, business and finance as they work towards their accounting degree or postsecondary certificate. Topics students may encounter during their program of study include nonprofit accounting, business valuation, fraud detection and deterrence, financial markets, accounting information systems, investment analysis, and tax law.

Vermont Schools: Accounting Programs

The following table lists colleges and universities in Vermont that offer one or more certificate, diploma or degree programs in these areas: accounting, accounting and business management, accounting and finance, accounting technology and bookkeeping, auditing, and accounting and related services. The list has been compiled from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

Castleton State College

Castleton

www.castleton.edu

4-year, Public

$14,234

Champlain College

Burlington

www.champlain.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$31,160

College of St Joseph

Rutland

www.csj.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$19,952

Community College of Vermont

Winooski

www.ccv.edu

2-year, Public

$6,563

Lyndon State College

Lyndonville

www.lyndonstate.edu

4-year, Public

$12,570

Norwich University

Northfield

www.norwich.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$25,888

Saint Michael's College

Colchester

www.smcvt.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$29,035

University of Vermont

Burlington

www.uvm.edu

4-year, Public

$15,498

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

Certification and Licensing Requirements for Vermont Accountants

Becoming licensed as a Certified Public Accountant is one option for those who graduate with a bachelor's degree or higher. To gain initial licensure in Vermont, students first need to pass the Uniform CPA Exam. Requirements to sit for the exam include completing 120 semester hours of college credit, with at least 30 dedicated to accounting, auditing, and related subjects.

After passing the exam, individuals need to complete several additional steps:

  1. Earn 30 additional semester hours (150 total). Out of the 150 hours, 42 must be in accounting, auditing, or related subjects.
  2. Gain one year of accounting-related work experience.
  3. Pass a professional ethics exam.

This is a general outline of CPA requirements in Vermont. For complete licensing information, contact the Vermont Board of Public Accountancy.

Note: The listed requirements take effect July 1, 2014.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in Vermont

Two of the "Big Four" accounting firms, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, have a presence in the state. There are, however, many other accounting firms in Vermont - a selection of which can be found below.

Accounting Firms in Vermont

City

Website

A.M. Peisch & Company

Colshester

www.ampeisch.com/

Davis & Hodgdon

Williston

www.dh-cpa.com/

Fothergill Segale & Valley

Montpelier

www.fsv-cpas.com/index.html

Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP

South Burlington

www.gfc.com/

Graham & Graham

Barre

www.grahamcpa.com/default.htm

Grippin Donlan Pinkham

South Burlington

www.gdr-cpa.com/default.htm

Love, Cody & Company

Bennington

www.frlcpa.com/

McSoley McCoy & Company

South Burlington

www.cpavt.com/

Montgomery & Merrill PC

Burlington

2beancounters.com/

O'Brien Shortle Reynolds & Sabotka, PC

Rutland

www.vtcpa.com/

Pieciak & Company, P.C.

Brattleboro

www.pieciak.com/

Salvador and Babic, P.C.

Barre

www.salvadorandbabic.com/

Valente & Seward CPAs

Rutland

www.vtcpas.com/

Wisehart, Wimette & Associates

Essex Junction

www.wwa-cpa.com/

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in Vermont

There are many potential career avenues for those with accounting degrees in Vermont. Which career one is qualified for largely depends on the type of degree earned and previous work experience. For example, someone with an associate degree might seek work as a bookkeeping clerk while those with a bachelor's or master's could go on to become CPAs.

Below is a table outlining several potential occupations for accounting grads, along with job outlook and salary information for both the state and the nation.

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, Vermont (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Projected National Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Accountants and Auditors

$66,330

$71,040

8%

16%

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

$35,210

$36,640

8%

14%

Cost Estimators

$54,700

$63,380

26%

36%

Financial Analysts

$77,040

$89,410

10%

23%

Management Analysts

$73,760

$88,070

14%

22%

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

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

Sources:

2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 29, 2013,

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

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

Vermont, 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 29, 2013,

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

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Vermont,

http://nasba.org/exams/cpaexam/vermont/

Vermont Board of Public Accountancy

http://vtprofessionals.org/opr1/accountants/

Vermont CPA New Applicant Guide

http://vtprofessionals.org/opr1/accountants/accforms/2013%20-%20VT%20CPA%20New%20Applicant%20Guide.pdf

Vermont Occupational Projections, Long- Term 2010-2020, Vermont Department of Labor, August 2012

http://www.vtlmi.info/occupation.cfm