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Accounting Schools in Wyoming

Accounting degrees in Wyoming can be earned from both two- and four-year colleges and are offered at academic levels ranging from certificate to master's. For those seeking an online learning experience, there are several accounting schools in Wyoming that offer this chance. During an accounting program, students may be introduced to core business subjects including economics, business ethics and law, and statistics. Accounting-specific courses typically cover topics like cost accounting, financial reporting, taxation, information systems, and auditing.

Wyoming Schools: Accounting Programs

Based on data compiled from the National Center for Education Statistics, there are eight postsecondary schools that offer instruction in accounting. Programs at these schools fall under one of the following categories: accounting, accounting and finance, accounting and business management, accounting technology and bookkeeping, auditing, or accounting and related services.

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

Casper College

Casper

www.caspercollege.edu

2-year, Public

$5,853

Central Wyoming College

Riverton

www.cwc.edu/

2-year, Public

$4,766

College America-Cheyenne

Cheyenne

www.collegeamerica.edu

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

$24,487

Eastern Wyoming College

Torrington

ewc.wy.edu

2-year, Public

$8,135

Laramie County Community College

Cheyenne

www.lccc.wy.edu

2-year, Public

$4,811

Northwest College

Powell

www.northwestcollege.edu

2-year, Public

$4,848

University of Wyoming

Laramie

www.uwyo.edu

4-year, Public

$11,203

Western Wyoming Community College

Rock Springs

www.wwcc.wy.edu

2-year, Public

$5,536

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

Certification and Licensing Requirements for Wyoming Accountants

Any accountant who files with the Securities and Exchange Commission must earn the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The Wyoming Board of Public Accountants lays out several requirements for those seeking initial CPA licensure in the state, including:

  1. Earning at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited school. Education must include 150 total credits, along with a concentration in business and accounting.
  2. Passing the Uniform CPA Exam.
  3. Gaining one year of professional experience in public accounting.
  4. Completing a professional ethics course.

There are also a number of different options to receive a reciprocal certification. Please contact the Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants for complete licensing requirements and regulations.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in Wyoming

A college degree in accounting could lead to a variety of traditional accounting, auditing, bookkeeping, or tax positions, but it could also serve as a foundation for related finance and business careers. Nonprofits, small business, government and healthcare are just a few of the workplaces those with accounting degrees in Wyoming could find themselves. Another option is pursue employment at an accounting firm. While none of the "Big Four" currently has an office in Wyoming, there are a host of smaller firms you could choose to apply to. Below is a table containing information about some of these firms:

Above The Line CPAs

Gillette

www.abovethelinecpas.com

Accounting Firms in Wyoming

City

Website

Casey Peterson & Associates

Gillette

www.caseypeterson.com

Dunnuck Hamilton Roesler Brook

Laramie

www.cpalaramie.com

Fisher & Weisshaar

Torrington

torringtoncpas.com

Grooms & Harkins

Casper

www.groomsandharkins.com

Halley & Murrey, CPAs

Cheyenne

www.halleyandmurray.com

Harker Mellinger CPAs

Sheridan

www.harkermellinger.com

Lenhart Mason & Associates

Casper

www.wyocpa.com

Lovelett, Skogen & Associates

Casper

www.cpawyoming.com

Porter Muirhead Cornia & Howard

Casper

www.pmch.com

Schreiner, Weskamp & Schmerge

Cheyenne

www.cheyennecpa.com

Scott & Scott

Lander

www.mescottcpa.com

Sorenson & Sorenson

Jackson

www.sorensencpa.com

Stine Buss Wolff Wilson

Cody

sbwwcpas.com

The Mortenson Group

Pinedale

themortensongroup.com

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in Wyoming

The following table presents a few examples of accounting-related careers, with state and national job growth projections, along with average salary figures:

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, Montana (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth (2012-2022)

Projected National Employment Growth (2010-2020)

Accountants and Auditors

$59,360

$71,040

19%

16%

Budget Analysts

$62,400

$72,100

13%

10%

Management Analysts

$70,610

$88,070

17%

22%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Labor Market Information, 2013

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

Sources:

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

Wyoming, 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

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Labor Market Information, Occupational Projections 2012-2022, July 2013

http://doe.state.wy.us/lmi/projections/ind-occ-prj-2012-2022/full.pdf

Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants

https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-cpa/home