Accounting Profession Occupational Outlook
Source: The 2002-03 Occupational Outlook Handbook (BLS)

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Accountants & Auditors

Key Points

  • Most jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field.

  • Jobseekers who obtain professional recognition through certification or licensure, a master’s degree, proficiency in accounting and auditing computer software, or specialized expertise will have an advantage in the job market.
  • Competition will remain keen for the most prestigious jobs in major accounting and business firms.

Job Outlook

Accountants and auditors who have earned professional recognition through certification or licensure should have the best job prospects. For example, Certified Public Accountants should continue to enjoy a wide range of job opportunities, especially as more States require candidates to have 150 hours of college coursework, making it more difficult to obtain this certification. Similarly, Certified Management Accountants should be in demand as their management advice is increasingly sought. Applicants with a master’s degree in accounting, or a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting, also will have an advantage in the job market.


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