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Students can complete 2-3 years of coursework at Kent State Stark before transitioning to the Kent Campus to finish their accounting degree.

The accounting curriculum is designed to provide the student with a solid foundation in accounting theory necessary for entry-level positions and career advancement after earning an accounting degree at Kent State. It encompasses a common body of concepts, conventions, principles, and theories essential to the professional competency of the certified public accountant, controller, industrial accountant, institutional accountant, and governmental accountant. The student is enabled to continue effective professional development through the more specialized programs provided by employers or through graduate studies.

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Accountants and auditors held about 1.2 million jobs in 2012. They worked throughout private industry and government, but 25 percent of accountants and auditors worked for accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services firms.

Most accountants and auditors work in urban areas, where public accounting firms and central or regional offices of businesses are concentrated.

Some individuals with backgrounds in accounting and auditing are full-time college and university faculty; others teach part time while working as self-employed accountants or as accountants for private industry or in government.

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks held about 1.7 million jobs in 2012. They work in nearly all industries and at all levels of government. State and local government, educational services, healthcare, and the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services industries are among the individual industries employing the largest numbers of these clerks. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
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