The median salary for persons in accounting fields is $61,690. Accountants and other financial sector workers who advance into management positions can expect to see their paychecks increase substantially, by 31% on average.
The most common certification is Certified Public Accountant (CPA), which is required by most accounting firms. A more specialized certification is Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Professionals with CMA certification are able to perform cost management, internal control auditing, decision analysis and forecasting. CMAs are responsible for choosing and maintaining accounting information systems, and they analyze reports generated by those systems. Brought to you by masters-in-accounting.org