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Career and Education Opportunities for Comptrollers in Iowa

Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and biggest city is Des Moines.

There are currently 5,130 working comptrollers in Iowa; this should grow by 13% to about 5,800 working comptrollers in the state by 2016. This is better than the national trend for comptrollers, which sees this job pool growing by about 7.7% over the next eight years. In general, comptrollers direct financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization.

A person working as a comptroller can expect to earn about $40 per hour or $84,250 annually on average in Iowa and about $47 per hour or $99,330 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for comptrollers are better than in the overall category of Financial in Iowa, and better than the overall Financial category nationally. Comptrollers work in a variety of jobs, including: business manager, county treasurer, and cost controller.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist destinations include the Salisbury House Foundation, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Edmundson Art Foundation Inc.

CITIES WITH Comptroller OPPORTUNITIES IN Iowa


JOB DESCRIPTION: Comptroller

In general, comptrollers direct financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization.

Every day, comptrollers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they read and understand documents and reports.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Iowa include:

  • Administrator. Plan, direct, or coordinate supportive services of an organization, such as recordkeeping, mail distribution, telephone operator/receptionist, and other office support services. May oversee facilities planning and maintenance and custodial operations.
  • Banking Manager. Direct and coordinate financial activities of workers in a branch, office, or department of an establishment, such as branch bank, brokerage firm, risk and insurance department, or credit department.
  • Chief Executive Officer. Determine and formulate policies and provide the overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within the guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Iowa

Iowa
Iowa photo by Bill Whittaker

Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.