Portland has a general population of 64,249 and an overall student population of 10,424. Approximately 9,655 of Portland's students are enrolled in schools that offer accounting programs.
The largest accounting school in Portland, by student population, is University of Southern Maine. In 2010, approximately 29 students graduated from the Accounting program at University of Southern Maine.
In 2010, 44 students graduated with an accounting degree from one of Portland's accounting schools. If you decide to attend one of Portland's accounting schools, you can expect to pay an average of $23,446 per year in instate tuition and $35,656 per year in out of state tuition.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,200 for accounting related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Portland-based accounting schools, you will have an added expense of $9,120 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $13,002.
If you decide to work as an accountant in Portland, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, 1 out of every 4 accountants in Maine were working in the greater Portland area. The government projects that the number of accountants in Portland will increase by 1% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for accountants.
The average salary you can expect to earn as an accountant in Portland is $35,100 per year, which is higher than the average for accountants state-wide.