If you’re looking for an accounting job, you’re in luck! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting and auditing positions are expected to grow for the next seven years. With over 1.3 million accounting and auditing jobs in the workforce and another 142,400 projected jobs to open up by 2024, this is one career field to get excited about.
Not only is the job outlook on the up-and-up, a nationally recognized holiday has been established to celebrate this great career field. On May 22, make sure to give a shout out to those who spend countless hours poring over financial ledgers, creating invoices, and keeping the company’s books balanced!
If the growth in the industry isn’t enough to boost your confidence in the accounting career field, the median annual salary for an accountant is more than $67,000. That’s more than 50% higher than the annual median wage of all other workers combined. Now that’s something to celebrate! Forbes recently released the top sought after undergraduate and graduate degrees for getting hired, and you guessed it, accounting is in the top three on both lists. Within the 169 employers surveyed, 59.7% said they would hire graduates with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and 23.6% with a master’s degree in accounting.
Accountants are needed not only in the corporate world but in personal affairs as well. Are you uncertain you have what it takes to be a great accountant? Here are some character traits and skill sets you should strive to master to become indispensable to any company.
- Attention to Detail
- Client oriented
- Communication Skills
- Excellent Organizational Skills
- Time Management
Want to take your accounting career to the next level? Become a member of a professional organization. Not only does this show employers you are investing in yourself, but you’ll truly benefit from the continuing education opportunities typically associated with professional organizations. Networking is another reason to join. Making connections with peers and mentors within your field can provide lasting relationships that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on your career.
Are you in the accounting field? Let us know your success stories or how your job search is going in the comments section below.