The answer is yes! Yes, it is!
The blood, sweat and tears you're shedding now to pass the CPA Exam will place you on a lucrative path as a certified public accountant with a world of opportunities available to you. That sounds great, right? But what does that actually mean in terms of what you can expect working as a CPA?
CareerBuilder.com describes the public accounting path as one with multiple options:
Having a lot of variety in your job and by joining a larger firm, you may gain experience with a number of different accounting specialties and work with a wide range of clients.
There is also more travel involved, as accounting firms can serve clients throughout the state, region and country. There may even be opportunities for international travel depending on the firm's scope of services and client mix.Career variety and travel sound exciting but what does the actual career path of a CPA look like?
Vanguard University has a handy breakdown of what a public accountant’s career path can resemble. As you can see in the graphic below, the career path is varied and wide. Your choices are unlimited.
If variety and travel don’t convince you that the long hours you’re spending studying for the CPA Exam are worth it, consider these two points made by the American Institute of CPAs:
- The average salary for public accountants (with a 10-15% increase after passing the CPA Exam) is high (between 50K -70K) and goes up the longer you stay in your field.
- The demand for public accountants is on the rise and is forecasted to grow until 2016. When you’re in high demand, you can count on career stability, a competitive salary and great opportunity to advance. Just how popular will CPAs be in the future? The Department of Labor and Statistics predicts employment of accountants and auditors will grow faster than average for all occupations through the year 2016, mainly because accounting and auditing regulations are getting stricter and the economy will continue to expand around the globe.