Public Accountant (CPA) License

We asked 429 job seekers about their Public Accountant (CPA) License. This is what they told us:
  • 77% of job seekers said "help my career progression" was the biggest reason for earning their Public Accountant (CPA) License
  • 91% said earning their Public Accountant (CPA) License helped them make more money
  • 88% said earning their Public Accountant (CPA) License helped them get a job
  • 97% said they would recommend a family member or friend earn their Public Accountant (CPA) License

What are people saying about getting a Public Accountant (CPA) License?

Did this certification help you make more money?

91%

Did this certification help you make more money?

91% said earning their Public Accountant (CPA) License helped them make more money.Based on 429 responses

Did this certification help you get a job?

88%

Did this certification help you get a job?

88% said earning their Public Accountant (CPA) License helped them get a job.Based on 429 responses

Would you recommend this certification?

97%

Would you recommend this certification?

97% said they would recommend a family member of friend to earn their Public Accountant (CPA) License.Based on 429 responses

Why did you decide to earn your Public Accountant (CPA) License?

Based on 429 responses
Required for my current job
24%
Make more money
31%
Changing careers
6%
Get an edge over other candidates
35%
Help my career progression
77%
Other
12%

What was your job title after earning this certification?

Based on 334 responses
Certified Public AccountantView jobs
16%
AccountantView jobs
8%
Chief Financial OfficerView jobs
6%
Staff AccountantView jobs
6%
Senior AccountantView jobs
6%
Other job titles: 80

What do people wish they knew before earning their Public Accountant (CPA) License?

279 people answered
This certification is more useful with relevant experience.
Apr 30, 2021
How truly valuable this certification is; sadly for health and related financial problems, I was forced to let my license lapse. If I could have avoided this, I would have (cancer patient).
Apr 21, 2021
Many employee's are looking for it.
Apr 19, 2021
That Public Accounting is great to have on my resume and has opened many doors but it is not a lifestyle that I would choose for the long term. Private accounting has been much more satisfying and rewarding.
Apr 4, 2021
I wish I had prepared more for this Certification/License during college.
Mar 24, 2021
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What advice would you give to someone interested in earning their Public Accountant (CPA) License?

309 people answered
Please earn if you are concerned with career progression or if many jobs ask for this certification.
Apr 30, 2021
Take an organized review course to keep you focused and on track, if you can afford it. If you are planning to prepare for the exam through self study, you MUST be self disciplined. Buy good review manuals; they're worth every penny. Focus on reading and studying BOTH text and problem/exercises. Take exam as soon as possible following earning your degree. I used Wiley textbooks and spent approximately 150 hours preparing for the exam; I passed all parts at the first sitting (just barely!).
Apr 21, 2021
Study and be interested in the subject matter if you want to go into this field.
Apr 9, 2021
There are many other paths to a rewarding career in Accounting.
Apr 4, 2021
Focus and dedication. Start the preparation early while still in college.
Mar 24, 2021
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