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About Careers in Accounting

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011, “Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Accounting will have a very large number of new jobs arise, about 279,400 over the projections decade. An increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and corporate governance regulations, as well as increased accountability for protecting an organization's stakeholders will drive job growth.”

Accountants provide financial information for evaluating the present and planned activities of companies and organizations. Accounting prepares those planning a career in business with a solid, yet versatile professional background. The field offers employment opportunities in a wide variety of areas. Every company, regardless of its size or structure, has an accounting function and employs the services of certified public accountants, auditors, tax advisors, financial managers and consultants.

Accountants evaluate past performances of companies and make recommendations for improved performance. It’s the accountant’s responsibility to devise effective cost-cutting strategies aimed at improving an organization's overall performance. They are essential to the effective operations of businesses, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.