Public Accountants


Public accountants have their own businesses or work for accounting firms. Their clients are individuals or businesses. Public accountants provide accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting services. For example, they examine business operations such as revenues and costs. They go over financial records to make sure the information is correct. They may develop accounting systems for clients.


To work as a certified public accountant (CPA), you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or GED;
  • complete a five-year, 150-credit hour accounting program (awards a bachelor's or master's degree);
  • have public accounting experience; and
  • pass the Uniform CPA Examination.


The future outlook for Public accounts is very large. By 2020 there is going to to be many job openings  Job opportunities are going to be excellent. Will continue to grow fast through 2020.

Salary Range

In Oregon you can make anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000 a year.

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