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B.A.S. Accounting with International Accounting

A Rewarding and In-Demand Career

As the Seattle area economy grows, the demand for accountants continues to grow. There were nearly 3,000 job openings in the Seattle area in 2017 for accountants and auditors. According to EMSI, Inc., in the first half of 2019, nearly 1,200 accountants were hired in the region. There are currently 29,400 accountants in the area, and that number will grow by 11% over the next ten years. As Seattle is the fourth largest exporting city in the United States, the program provides students with an introduction to international accounting to prepare graduates for employment multinational organizations in the region or around the world. The median earnings for accountants and auditors in Seattle is $77,000.

Wages and Employment Trends

The median wage for accountants in Washington state (2018, is $70,600 annually. From 2016 – 2026, the projected job growth in this field is +18% (

Additionally, EMSI tells us that the projected annual job openings in King County from 2017 – 2027 is 2,100 with an estimated 1,659 job openings annually will be at the baccalaureate level.

Pursuing Washington State CPA Licensure

In addition to the job opportunities and wages cited above, the AIA B.A.S. degree provides the opportunity to prepare for CPA licensure. To learn more, visit our page on Washington State CPA Licensure.