5 Surprising Facts About the Accounting Profession

Surprising Facts About the Accounting Profession

Mick Jagger may be known for his musical achievements and stage acrobatics, but did you know he could also rock a spreadsheet? Kenny G and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin worked in accounting, too, before they launched their music careers. How's that for some surprising facts about the accounting profession?

Here's a sticky question: Who invented bubble gum? Would you guess it was an accountant?

As you probably know, we’ll take any opportunity to shine the light on the accounting profession. But we make a special point of it on International Accounting Day, which takes place every November. This professional holiday goes all the way back to 1494, when a book was published for the first time that contained an essay on double-entry bookkeeping. 

So read on, because to celebrate this year, we have something special.

5 fun facts about the accounting profession

We could tell you about facts like this: A four-year college degree isn't necessary to enter the field. Or this: Business growth is driving a healthy demand and higher salaries for accountants, according to Robert Half's latest Salary Guide.

But first let us wow you by spotlighting five surprising facts that may surprise you, which you can find in the slideshow below and in this infographic.  

Who knew, for instance, that the FBI employs more than 2,000 accounting special agents? That's a boon for accountants who yearn to use their mad math skills to solve crimes.

And some serious ones

Our fun facts might be unexpected, but it's no surprise that the outlook is bright for accounting professionals today. According to the Salary Guide, starting compensation in the industry is set to go up 4.7 percent in 2016. In addition, the demand for skilled accountants continues to be strong in firms across the globe.

What's more, accountants are a happy bunch when it comes to their work. In an Accountemps survey, seven of 10 said they'd stick with their accounting careers even if they could go back in time and change their choice of profession. In the same survey, 45 percent said they pursued the accounting profession because they liked the nature of their work and job.

So here's to all the accountants out there. Enjoy your special day — and know that we're grateful for you all year-round.

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Editor's note: This post was updated in 2016 to reflect current information.