1. As long as people make money, you’ll have a job
Contrary to the stereotypes about accountants being nerds, it’s the one job that never goes out of style. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. You’re in high demand, and as long as money flows through the economy, you will be steadily employed.
2. Infinite career growth
The only way is up! If you channel your ambitiousness and capitalize on career development opportunities, you’ll be Partner before you know it.
3. Strong foundation for life
The 2015 S&P Global FinLit Survey found that only 33% of adults worldwide are financially literate. A career in Accounting puts you leaps and bounds above the rest of the world in terms of financial literacy. You’ll know just how to manage your credit cards, apply for a mortgage and save for retirement.
4. Great salary
The Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 median salary for Accountants and Auditors is $67,190. And with entry level salary projections on the rise, you’re set for life. The extra training and certification requirements ensure CPA salaries cross the six-figure threshold more quickly.
5. Transferable skills
If you ever need a change of scenery, there are plenty of alternate career paths. An Accounting background allows you to transition into consulting, trading, teaching and even recruiting (hey, that’s what we did!).
6. Flexibility and travel
Many public accountants, especially those straight out of college, often get the opportunity to travel for work. Conducting audits in California? Checking in with a major client in Dallas? Accounting allows you to see new places and get paid to do it.
7. You’re everyone’s go-to
Friends and family alike bombard you with questions, especially around mid-April. While this may be exhausting, deep down you pride yourself on being the person your loved one’s go to for help.
8. You’re at the forefront of exciting business change
Your job requires you to stay up-to-date on evolving tax codes, changes in reporting guidelines and industry trends, like the digitization of finance and accounting functions. Exciting stuff for a numbers nerd like you.
You have options. Between all the different accounting disciplines – financial, management, auditing and tax – you’re sure to never be bored.
10. The people
You have the chance to speak with well-respected CFOs and CEOs across the nation. Many of the people who work in public accounting are brilliant and eager to share their keys to career success with you.
Beatriz Sonnendecker is Director of Financial at Vaco Arizona, the local office of Vaco, a $300 million consulting and strategic solutions firm. She specializes in matching high-caliber senior-level accounting and finance professionals with Phoenix and Tucson’s top companies.
Sonnendecker, B. Mon. 16 May 2016. “Top 10 Reasons to be an Accountant.” Bizjournals.com. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/jqq48e2