CPA candiate salary expectations
I am getting close to finishing grad school and desperately want a change of air. I have visited DC before and I loved its walkability, cosmopolitan vibe, abboundance of young professionals etc. In other words, I loved most of the positives. I did not spend enough time to gain exposure to its negative sides. I plan on going on a road trip for some more extensive observation.
Meanwhile, I have been looking on craigslist for vacant positions. Just to get an idea since I am not ready to move. I have a Bachelors in Finance (pretty useless nowdays, I know) and will soon have a Masters in accounting. I will be eligible to sit for the CPA exam and begin the process. From what I see on craigslist, there are jobs out there but most require that candidates already hold the certification.
There are people of different backgrounds in this forum. Those of you who work in the finance/accounting. Realistically, how easy (or hard) is it to find a job? My academic credentials are not stellar (grad GPA 3.3) and my work history is not relevant to the industry. I think I make up for it with honesty and a dedication to learning.
And what about salaries. What can I expect to make as an accountant? And one certified, how much does a CPA make there on average?
I thank all of you in advance.