How to Launch an Accounting Career

By Robert Half on April 9, 2017 at 1:48pm


CFOs were asked, “In which one of the following employment environments would you recommend today’s accounting graduates begin their careers?”

56% of CFOs recommend a small to midsize company

2015* 2010** 2005***
Small to midsize company 56% 56% 46%
Small to midsize public accounting firm 24% 16% 30%
Large corporation 12% 14% 9%
Large public accounting firm 7% 8% 10%
Other/don’t know 1% 6% 5%

“Which of the following areas of specialization would you recommend to someone just beginning his or her career in accounting?”

74% of CFOs recommend general accounting

2015* 2010** 2005***
General accounting 74% 60% 49%
Tax accounting 8% 10% 10%
Internal auditing 7% 12% 17%
Cost accounting 7% 9% 13%
Credit and collections 3% 8% 6%
Other/don’t know 1% 1% 5%

Source: *Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs in the United States
**Accountemps survey of more than 1,400 CFOs in the United States

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