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Accounting Schools in West Virginia

Individuals who are looking to begin or advance their accounting education in West Virginia can choose from a variety of academic paths -- including associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs. Several accounting schools in West Virginia offer their programs through online education as well.

Curriculum can vary from school to school, but students can typically expect to encounter at least some of the following topics during their accounting program: business ethics, financial statement analysis, taxation, principles of economics, statistics, and managerial accounting.

West Virginia Schools: Accounting Programs

West Virginia is home to many colleges and universities that offer programs in accounting or similar fields, like accounting technology or auditing. Below is a list of postsecondary schools that offer at least one of these programs, compiled from the National Center for Education Statistics:

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

Alderson Broaddus University

Philippi

www.ab.edu/

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$14,512

American Public University System

Charles Town

www.apus.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

$8,727

Bethany College

Bethany

www.bethanywv.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$21,033

Bluefield State College

Bluefield

www.bluefieldstate.edu

4-year, Public

$12,389

Davis & Elkins College

Elkins

www.dewv.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$15,749

Fairmont State University

Fairmont

www.fairmontstate.edu/

4-year, Public

$9,594

Garnet Career Center

Charleston

kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/garnet/

< 2-year, Public

$9,086

Huntington Junior College

Huntington

www.huntingtonjuniorcollege.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$6,758

Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College

South Charleston

www.kvctc.edu

2-year, Public

$7,141

Marshall University

Huntington

www.marshall.edu/

4-year, Public

$8,157

Mountain State College

Parkersburg

www.msc.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$13,839

Mountwest Community and Technical College

Huntington

www.mctc.edu

2-year, Public

$7,989

Ohio Valley University

Vienna

www.ovu.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$14,943

Shepherd University

Shepherdstown

www.shepherd.edu

4-year, Public

$11,079

South Branch Career and Technical Center

Petersburg

www.southbranchtech.com

2-year, Public

NA

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Mount Gay

www.southernwv.edu

2-year, Public

$7,269

University of Charleston

Charleston

www.ucwv.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$13,823

West Virginia Business College-Wheeling

Wheeling

www.wvbc.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$20,533

West Virginia State University

Dunbar

www.wvstateu.edu

4-year, Public

$6,874

West Virginia University

Morgantown

www.wvu.edu/

4-year, Public

$9,100

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Montgomery

www.wvutech.edu

4-year, Public

$7,489

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Buckhannon

www.wvwc.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,869

Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling

www.wju.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$19,105

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

Certification and Licensing Requirements for West Virginia Accountants

West Virginia offers qualified individuals the chance to become certified public accountants (CPAs). In order to qualify for initial licensure, candidates need to have passed the Uniform CPA Exam, completed at least 150 semester hours from an accredited college program, earned at least a bachelor's degree, and gained one year of relevant experience. Because the 150 credits is over the typical amount needed for a bachelor's degree, some students may choose to earn a master's degree. Some accounting schools in West Virginia may even have programs that offers students the chance to earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in five years. The West Virginia Board of Accountancy can provide complete details on licensing regulations in the state.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in West Virginia

Potential career paths can be quite varied for graduates with accounting degrees in West Virginia. Employment opportunities could include performing accounting duties for a nonprofit, pursuing entrepreneurial ventures, or working for a public accounting firm. The only member of the "Big Four" accounting firms to have an office in West Virginia is Ernst & Young. There are many smaller firms in the state, however. The following is a short list of some of them:

Accounting Firms in West Virginia

City

Website

Arnett Foster Toothman

Morgantown

www.aftcpas.com/

Autry & Toler, A.C.

Princeton

www.autreytoler.com/

Cava & Banko, PLLC

Bridgeport

www.cavabankocpa.com/

Conley CPA Group

Fairmont

www.conleycpawv.com/

Dearien & Company, A.C.

Charleston

www.dearienandco.com/index.php

Decker & Company

Martinsburg

www.deckerandcompany.com/

Dixon Hughes Goodman

Charleston

www.dhgllp.com/

Ford & Sweeney

Elkview

www.fordandsweeney.com/

H.A. Ruckle

Morgantown

www.harucklecpa.com/

Martin & Ritz

Saint Albans

www.martinandritz.com/index.php

McDonough, Eddy, Parsons & Baylous A.C.

Parkersburg

www.mepb.com

Ours Lawyer Lewis & Company

Martinsburg

www.oll-cpas.com/

Rowan & Associates

Dunbar

www.rowancpas.com/Home

Suttle & Stalnaker

Charleston

www.suttlecpas.com/

Trainer, Wright & Paterno

Huntington

www.trainerwright.com/home.html

Woomer, Nistendirk & Associates

Charleston

www.wnacpas.com

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in West Virginia

Accountants, auditors, bookkeeping clerks, accounting clerks and auditing clerks are considered to be highly in-demand professions from 2010 to 2020, according to WORKFORCE West Virginia (the state's official labor market information resource). This is based on their high projected growth and job openings. To see how these and other accounting-related careers in West Virginia stack up against the national average in terms of both job growth and salary, refer to the table below.

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, West Virginia (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Projected National Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Accountants and Auditors

$57,140

$71,040

7%

16%

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

$30,560

$36,640

5%

14%

Budget Analysts

$63,490

$72,100

7%

10%

Financial Analysts

$49,660

$89,410

14%

23%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; and the Workforce West Virginia Labor Market Information

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

Sources:

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

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

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

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

Long Term Occupational Projections 2010-2020, Workforce West Virginia Labor Market Information, Aug. 22, 2012

http://www.workforcewv.org/lmi/occudata.htm

West Virginia Board of Accountancy

http://www.boa.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

West Virginia Demand Occupations, 2010-2020, WORKFORCE West Virginia, Aug. 22, 2012

http://www.workforcewv.org/lmi/occproj/longterm/WVDemand.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