Accounting is a broad, yet diverse discipline that's a foundational component of business infrastructures at the local and state level in Louisiana. Degree programs in accounting prepare students to work in a variety of areas, including tax preparation, auditing, managerial accounting and more. Prospective students in Louisiana have a spectrum of choices when it comes to not only what they study but also how they learn, including pursuing both campus- and online-based programs.
When it comes to accounting schools in LA there are more than 40 universities, colleges and technical institutes offer programs of study in accounting and finance, accounting, accounting technology and bookkeeping, auditing and accounting and business management, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Types of Accounting Programs in Louisiana
Students may select from several educational avenues in accounting, from certificates to doctoral degrees. These programs provide a blend of theoretical, industry-based coursework with hands-on practical instruction. Common majors in accounting include accounting and business management, accounting and finance, accounting technology and more.
Online Degree Programs in Accounting:
Certificate/diploma: For students seeking entry-level employment in the industry without earning a degree, a certificate or diploma program in areas such as bookkeeping is an available option.
Associate Degree: Traditionally designed to be completed in approximately two years of full-time study, associate degree programs in accounting can also prepare graduates for entry-level positions through instruction in accounting basics like payroll accounting, taxation and more.
Bachelor's Degree: Regarded as the minimum educational requirement for employment as an accountant, bachelor's degrees in accounting are comprehensive programs of study, covering both the principles of accounting and more complex topics, including cost accounting, business law, accounting information systems and more.
Master's Degree: Graduate programs in accounting are designed to develop managerial skills through an advanced course of study covering specialized areas such as public accounting, forensic accounting, auditing and more.
Doctorate Degree: The most advanced, terminal degree in accounting, Ph.D. programs are for individuals who desire to pursue academic scholarship and research or executive management positions. There are two distinct types of doctoral degrees: Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting (Ph.D.) and the Doctor of Business Administration in Accounting (DBA).
In 2013, more than 2,000 students completed an accounting degree program in Louisiana, according to graduation data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Below is a table of the universities in Louisiana that conferred the largest number of accounting degrees in the state in 2013:
|Rank||Institution||Degree Type||Number of Accounting Degrees Conferred - 2013|
|1||Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College||Bachelor's degree||300|
|Total Accounting Degrees||440|
|2||University of New Orleans||Bachelor's degree||170|
|Total Accounting Degrees||230|
|3||Tulane University of Louisiana||Associate's degree||2|
|Total Accounting Degrees||190|
|4||Southeastern Louisiana University||Bachelor's degree||190|
|Total Accounting Degrees||190|
|5||University of Louisiana at Lafayette||Bachelor's degree||134|
|Total Accounting Degrees||134|
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2013
Employment Opportunities for Accounting Graduates in Louisiana
Earning an accounting degree can pave the way to employment opportunities as private practice accountants, auditors, tax preparers, budget analysts, auditors and more. The state is home to accounting firms, both big and small, including some of the nation's and state's most well-known, such as Ernst & Young and Bourgeois Bennett, respectively.
Below is an example list of accounting business and firms located in Louisiana:
- Postlethwaite & Netterville (Baton Rouge)
- Larry D. Hengan & Associates (Kinder)
- Perry & Company CPA (Sulphur)
- Thibodaux Hebert Deshotels LeBlanc (Lafayette)
- Magnolia Consulting (Madisonville)
- Waits & Company LLC (Baton Rouge)
Between 2010 and 2020, the Louisiana Workforce Commission has projected an average 7.7 percent overall growth for the entire finance and insurance industry, highlighted by 16.4 percent employment gains for accounting and auditors in Louisiana.
Here are some sample salaries for accounting-related careers* in Louisiana and the United States:
|Occupation||Mean Annual Wage, Louisiana (May 2013)||Projected State Employment Growth, 2010 - 2020|
|Accountants and Auditors||$63,090||16.4%|
|Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks||$34,420||13.1%|
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; Louisiana Workforce Commission, 2013
* Salaries and employment opportunities may vary based on experience, education, location and other factors.
"Accountants and Auditors," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm
"Budget Analysts," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/budget-analysts.htm
"Financial Analysts," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm
"Industry Employment Projections (2010-2020)," Labor Market Information, Louisiana Workforce Commission, 2013, http://www.laworks.net/LaborMarketInfo/LMI_OccIndustryProj.asp?years=20102020
"Louisiana, May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_la.htm
"National Web Directory," Louisiana Accounting Firms, January 2015, http://www.nationalwebdirectory.net/getcategory.php?state=Louisiana&category=accounting
"College Navigator," National Center for Education Statistics, 2013, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/