Posted by Rebekah McLain on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 09:58
Are you on the market for a new finance or accounting position? The past few years have been fortuitous for finance and accounting professionals, and, according to the 2015 Salary Guide from Robert Half, the coming year will be even better.
The steady surge in economic growth has prompted organizations to staff new finance jobs. However, employers are encountering one common challenge: There are fewer candidates in the talent pool than there are open positions. Nearly 7 in 10 (68 percent) employers polled for the Salary Guide said it was difficult to find skilled financial talent. For top-notch finance professionals on the lookout for a new position, this can’t be anything but good news.
But which finance jobs are employers especially eager to fill right now? Read on to learn more about five of the most in-demand positions — and why they’re currently so hot.
1. Staff accountant & senior accountant
Staff accountants and senior accountants are the financial backbone of any organization. As companies expand their operations, they need more of these accounting professionals and their prowess in analytics to help them meet organizational benchmarks. Job seekers for this role should possess solid communication, technology, organizational and analytical skills.
2. Financial analyst
Financial analysts are relied upon to provide departmental and organizational strategies and solutions to help their firms achieve key goals. Financial analysts look at data to project a company’s future earnings and make recommendations to management based on their findings.
Increased company growth requires financial leaders who can see the bigger picture and anticipate potential setbacks. Now more than ever, they need controllers skilled in analyzing data, managing accounting staff, and guiding the company’s financial decisions to ensure future success.
4. Compliance professional
The need for compliance professionals is driven by the ever-changing mandates and amplified enforcement of regulatory compliance. Globalization also feeds the demand for compliance professionals, as companies who work in or with other countries must stay abreast of multinational regulations. Organizations need employees well versed in compliance to help them navigate today’s choppy regulatory waters.
5. Business analyst & business systems analyst
Tapping big data for information that can drive sales and improve efficiencies is a huge push today for many businesses. Business analysts and business systems analysts are highly sought as accounting firms shift from report-based functions to those more driven by analytics. These professionals are also needed to interpret data for non-financial audiences and to make suggestions on how organizations can best use data sets.
While the above finance jobs are expected to be the most highly sought in 2015, the finance waters are warm for the majority of candidates. So if you’re thinking of switching career paths or looking into career advancement, this just may be your year.
Make sure to check out the 2015 Salary Guide for more hot finance jobs and in-depth salary breakdowns. You can also reference our Salary Calculator to adjust salary information based on your geographical region.