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Demand for accountants high as career opportunities are abundant

Midlands Business Journal – July 10, 2015

Those pursuing careers in the accounting industry are facing a promising job market. The accounting field is projected to have about 15 percent growth over the next five years, said Christine Walker, regional manager of Aureus Group, an affiliate of C&A Industries. Today’s accounting professionals are more of a business consultant versus the stereotypical “bean counter,” Walker said. “We continue to see a steady demand for degreed accounting professionals with the ability to analyze and interpret data, identify areas of opportunity for improving profits and making recommendations for best practices for the organizations,” she said. The educational requirements for accountants have been consistent with recent years. Most employers require a bachelor’s degree in accounting or other business-related major to be considered for professional accounting positions. For senior level accounting or management positions, some employers prefer advanced degrees such as master’s in business administration or a master’s in accounting, Walker said. A CPA license or certification may also be required depending on the position, she said.