Tuesday, February 05, 2008

More on Why Accounting's Popular

Dave Simanoff of the Tampa Tribune writes a nice wrapup about why accounting has become such a popular choice for undergrads, and why demand for accountants isn't going away anytime soon.

Instead of scaring young people away from the profession, the scandals earlier this decade may have helped recruit new accountants.

"In kind of a weird way, the bad news got more students interested," said Chuck Landes, vice president of the Professional Standards Group for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

"They saw it as a way to do something positive, not just for themselves, but for the public."

Yeah, yeah. We've heard all that before. Stephanie Bryant, director of the School of Accountancy at the University of South Florida, put it another way:

"The students get it - they see this is a very different job today, with many different avenues of specialty," Bryant said. "Kids today want to be challenged, and they want to do interesting stuff."

Demand For Accountants On The Rise [Tampa Tribune]

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