Tax Preparers (13-2082)

Occupation description:  Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses. Excludes Accountants and Auditors (13-2011).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 246253 2.814 1227
United States 95,900106,200 10.85,500 5,00011,530

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 22.649.7012.40 18.6228.8839.30
Alaska 23.7711.4814.60 20.5530.9842.32
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 23.2512.7814.90 19.5730.4541.26

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
28824 8.344.8 36.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation106
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation49
UI claimants previously working in occupation51
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 242
Number of job position postings 130
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 1.9

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
QuickBooks Training

 Degree
Alaska Career College   (Anchorage)
Business Administration and Accounting Technology AAS
Business Administration and Computer Technology - AAS AAS
Business Administration Human Resource Management Certificate

 Degree
Alaska Computer Business Solutions LLC   (Anchorage)
QuickBooks 2 Day Training Basics
QuickBooks Advance 1 Day (Requires Basic)

 Degree
Alaska Job Corps   (Palmer)
Accounting Services Certificate

 Degree
Alaska Technical Center   (Kotzebue)
Accounting Technician

 Degree
Amundsen Educational Center   (Soldotna)
Accounting Clerk

 Degree
AVTEC   (Seward)
Business & Office Technology Accounting Specialist

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Accounting Technician I Certificate
Accounting Technician II Certificate

 Degree
Liberty Tax Service   (Kenai)
Tax Preparer Certificate

 Degree
North Star Computing   (Fairbanks)
QuickBooks

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Bookkeeping OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai   (Soldotna)
Bookkeeping OEC
Bookkeeping Support OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak   (Kodiak)
Bookkeeping OEC
Bookkeeping Support OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Bookkeeping OEC
Bookkeeping Support OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Accounting Technician CT1

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi   (Kotzebue)
Accounting Technician CT1
Accounting Technician CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Accounting Technician CT1
Accounting Technician CT2
Bookkeeping Technician OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Accounting Technician CT2
Bookkeeping Technician CT1

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
Accounting Technician CT1
Accounting Technician CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rural College   (Fairbanks)
Accounting Technician CT1
Accounting Technician CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Accountant Endorsement OEC
Accounting Technician CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan   (Ketchikan)
Accounting Technician CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Accounting Technician CT2

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Bookkeeping
QuickBooks for the Beginner to Intermediate User