Fort Collins, Colorado (PressExposure) September 20, 2011 -- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states candidates in accounting received starting offers averaging $48,993 in 2009; that the annual median salary of an accountant as of 2008 was $59,430, and employment rates for accountants are estimated to rise by 22% by 2018.* In order to prepare their accounting students for even brighter careers, CollegeAmerica now offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with Forensic Accounting Emphasis as part of their extensive list of degrees at the associate's, and bachelor's level.
According to the "2010 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse," there has been a significant increase in the incidence of forgeries, money laundering, and other white-collar crimes; on average, organizations lose 5% of their yearly profits to fraud. **Hence, there is a demand for professionals who integrate the proficiencies of accounting law and finance to assist in investigating, detecting, and providing proof of fraudulent activities.
CollegeAmerica's curriculum includes courses that cover the legal elements of fraud, accounting at the basic, intermediate, and advanced level, federal taxation, internal control assessment, fraud examination, auditing, payroll accounting, spreadsheets, psychology, and more. On successful completion of the Bachelors of Science in Accounting with Forensic Accounting Emphasis program, students may pursue opportunities as forensic accountants in private corporations, law-enforcement agencies, law firms, insurance offices, within the IRS, in banking institutions, and in other organizations.
The duration of the program is 36 months, but with CollegeAmerica's FastFlex option, it could also be completed in as few as 30 months. Criteria for admission include a high school diploma or equivalent GED® credential. CollegeAmerica has consistently demonstrated its dedication toward maintaining rigorous standards of education. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
For more details about the Bachelor of Science in Accounting with Forensic Accounting Emphasis, call 1-888-220-5449 or visit http://www.collegeamerica.edu/.
*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics."Accountants and Auditors." Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition. ([http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos001.htm])
**Association of Certified Fraud Examiners."2010 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse." 2010 Global Fraud Study.([http://www.acfe.com/rttn/rttn-2010.pdf])
*Salaries will vary by location and may be lower or higher than salaries listed.