How much $$ can a new accountant expect in Georgia


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Tharper

I currently work for a public utility in Georgia and am attending a local
university at night majoring in accounting. I work in a union covered job
and receive union wages...I'm worried I won't be able to make as much money
in accounting as I make in my "covered" job. Could someone please give me
some insight?
Thanks.
 
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Paul A. Thomas

Tharper said:
I currently work for a public utility in Georgia and
am attending a local university at night majoring in
accounting. I work in a union covered job and
receive union wages...I'm worried I won't be able
to make as much money in accounting as I make
in my "covered" job. Could someone please give
me some insight?

Take a look at the employment listings on this newsgroup from the
'head-hunter' Ed Freeman.

These may seem a tad low, but you're going to be entry-level in accounting
unless you have significant accounting experience, that's about what the
market is paying. It's possible that you could land something in a related
field, say auditing with a CPA firm that has a major utility (maybe even
your existing company) as a client. Your first-hand insights may prove
valuable. There are lots of smaller CPA firms that audit smaller utility
companies across the state.

Beyond that, it's really up to you to get out there and prove your
self-worth. What you bring to the table, and how fast you learn the skills
of accounting (as opposed to the bookwork) will determine your compensation
level in the end.

But, more importantly, you have to feel like any accounting job is
worthwhile and will benefit you in the long run, over and above what your
existing job can provide. And unfortunately many of the potential benefits
aren't found in a paycheck.
 
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Joe Canuck

Tharper said:
I currently work for a public utility in Georgia and am attending a local
university at night majoring in accounting. I work in a union covered job
and receive union wages...I'm worried I won't be able to make as much money
in accounting as I make in my "covered" job. Could someone please give me
some insight?
This is a question that one really doesn't need indepth accounting
expertise to provide a common sense answer to...

Bear in mind that you are starting over again in a new field where you
have no experience but an education. You will be at the entry-level and
can expect a salary at that level.

Don't get discouraged... spend the time to build up your experience and
go from there. I started at the bottom in computers, 20 years later I
was making excellent bucks employed by household name computer company.

But then I was laid off with the IT slump and am now considering a
switch to accounting. I've prepared myself for the fact that I'll be
starting over again and cannot have high expectations... in fact I'll be
happy to get an entry-level job where I can start building my experience
while continuing my accounting education.

Being relatively older, 46, makes this a little difficult. This isn't
where I expected to be at this point in life... but then life isn't
something that one can always plan so I'll go with the flow.

Check the career ads to get an idea for entry-level pay in accounting
type jobs for your area.
 

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