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FAQs: Employment and Salaries

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What kind of reputation does the UTA accounting program have?

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UTA's accounting program has an excellent reputation and is well regarded in the business community. The program is challenging, but provides the foundation needed for long-run career success.

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Will I be able to get a good job when I complete my accounting degree?

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Although employment opportunities are tied to the economy, the accounting field is relatively stable and many organizations recruit UTA's accounting graduates. You can enhance your chance of getting a good job by maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or better, actively participating in one or more of our student groups, and completing an internship. If you want to work in public accounting you should plan on meeting the requirements to take the CPA examination by the time you graduate. Many CPA firms will only hire graduates who are qualified to write the CPA examination at the time they begin employment.

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What are salaries like in the accounting profession?

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The demand for accountants is increasing and this is driving salaries higher. Depending on the industry and geographic location starting salaries range from about $35K to $50K. After five years of work experience this increases to a range of approximately $60K to $110K. Depending on the position, individuals with more than ten years experience can earn $150K to $400K (VP-Finance, CFO, Treasurer, Director of Accounting, Controller, Tax Director, Partner). For more details see the Salary Guide published by Accountemps.

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How do I find a good job?

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It is strongly recommended that you register with Career Center to assist in your job search activities. The Career Center is located in room 216 of Davis Hall and can be reached at 817-272-2932. This department provides many student services including: career counseling, access to job listings, and on-campus interviews.

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When should I begin my interviewing activities?

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In recent years many firms have started interviewing students a year before graduation. Hence, it is recommended that you begin your interviewing activities up to one year before your anticipated graduation date.