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Tax Professionals

Perhaps the single day most dreaded by Americans, tax day is just around the corner!

We recently polled our readers to find out how they were planning to do their taxes this year. Here's what we learned:

  • 58% of our readers plan to complete their taxes using popular software programs
  • 29% plan to pull out the calculator and complete them manually
  • 8% plan to hire a professional
  • And 4% plan to have a family member or friend do their taxes for them

With almost 90% of Carpe Diem readers planning to complete their own taxes, it's quite clear that our readers aren't afraid to tackle some of the basic skills required for today's in-demand careers in accounting and finance.

As business pages fixate on corporate executives charged with financial improprieties, there has never been a better time for college students and other professionals to consider entering the accounting field.

College graduates with an accounting degree can make between $35,000 and $45,000 a year, or up to $50,000 in large cities. Better yet, typically 90% of accounting and finance majors have jobs lined up before they graduate!

After a couple of years they can command a substantial pay hike if they move to large company as an internal staff auditor or to a smaller company as controller. At that point, their salary can jump to anywhere from $50,000 to $75,000.

In addition to online degree programs in accounting and finance, many schools offer shorter online certificate programs to help you pick up some of the basic skills you need to make the transition into a new career field. Just think of it, in less than one year you could be well on your way to, or even in, a new career in accounting and finance!

Learn more about Accounting and Finance programs at National University.