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Accounting Schools in New Orleans

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Accounting is one of the fastest-growing occupations in Louisiana, projected to grow by 17 percent statewide between 2012 and 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). More than 37,000 individuals are employed in the state as accountants, auditors, bookkeepers and accounting clerks. As a growing financial hub, New Orleans employs more than 28 percent of accounting professionals in the state. Students considering a career in accounting have a number of potential educational avenues, including online options, to follow, whether the ultimate goal is to become an accountant, CPA or bookkeeper.

Accounting Education Programs in New Orleans

As noted, prospective accounting students in New Orleans can select from a range of degree options -- certificates, associate, bachelor's and graduate degrees. Post-secondary institutions in the region offer a variety of learning formats, including on-campus, hybrid and online. Online accounting programs in the state have grown in popularity, as a flexible educational option for working professionals seeking to complete a degree in the field.

In fact, nine institutions, including Delgado Community College and University of Louisiana at Monroe, offer students online learning programs in accounting -- which adds a second dimension of access to online students in New Orleans.

Accounting as an educational field is varied and students can pursue studies outside of general accounting. In New Orleans, students can select from a diverse concentrations, in areas such as finance, technology, finance, computer science and more. Below is a list of the number of New Orleans colleges and universities that provide degree programs in accounting and related fields, such as business management, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES):

  • Certificates: 1
  • Associate Degrees: 2
  • Bachelor's Degrees: 6
  • Graduate Degrees: 2

The most popular areas of study in the area include accounting and accounting technology/bookkeeping. Below is a table with the number of degrees conferred to students in New Orleans in 2013 in accounting:

Area of Study Degrees Conferred
Accounting 254
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 69

At the degree level, the bachelor's degree is the most common program, with 130 degrees conferred to students in New Orleans universities in 2013. Close behind is the master's degree. Below is a table from the NCES showing the number of students that graduated from New Orleans accounting schools in 2013:

Level of Degree Degrees Conferred
Bachelor's degree 130
Master's degree 123
Associate's degree 60
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 10

A review of accounting schools in New Orleans revealed the most popular institutions included the University of New Orleans, Tulane University, Delgado Community College and Loyola University. The table below includes 2013 accounting degree data by institution:

University Degrees Conferred
University of New Orleans 115
Tulane University of Louisiana 95
Delgado Community College 69
Loyola University New Orleans 25
Dillard University 9
Xavier University of Louisiana 7
Our Lady of Holy Cross College 3

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

Career Opportunities for Accounting Graduates in New Orleans

As evidenced by the employment figures for accounting professionals in the area, New Orleans is an epicenter for financial activity in the state. Each of the so-called Big Four public accounting firms -- KPMG, PricewatershouseCoopers, Deloitte and Ernst & Young -- has offices in New Orleans. The city is also home to numerous CPA and accounting firms, including the following:

  • Pailet, Meunier, and LeBlanc, LLP
  • Rigby Financial Group
  • Carr, Riggs, & Ingram
  • LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors
  • Duplantier, Hrapmann, Hogan & Maher, LLP
  • Wegmann Dazet & Company
  • Bourgeois Bennett, LLC

At the state level, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 17 percent and 13.8 percent employment growth between 2012 and 2022 for accountants/auditors and bookkeepers/accounting clerks, respectively. Based on those figures, New Orleans can be expected to have solid employment opportunities for graduates of accounting schools in the area. State employment and salary data from the BLS shows accountants earned an average salary of $62,990 and accounting clerks earned $34,690 in 2014. In New Orleans, accounting professionals outpaced the state average for earnings with accountants taking home 6.7 percent larger salaries. Below is a table of employment and salary figures from the BLS for accounting professionals in New Orleans:

Occupation Total Employed Mean Annual Salary
Accountants and Auditors 4,130 $64,370
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 6,450 $35,920

However, graduates of accounting schools in New Orleans aren't simply confined to careers as accountants, auditors or bookkeepers. The accounting degree can lead to multiple career paths in financial services and other industries, including public accounting, financial analysis, taxation, budget analysis and more.

Sources

"Louisiana, May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_la.htm

"May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_35380.htm

"New Orleans," Projections Central, 2015, Projectioncentral.com

College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

"Public Accounting Report," Wolters Kluwer CCH, August 2014, https://www.cob.unt.edu/acct/2014%20PAR%20Rankings.pdf

Accounting Schools in New Orleans