The current generation is the first in recent memory not to have boundless optimism about job prospects. They get a steady diet of discouraging news about the economy. Some young people even hesitate to approach employment agencies and Orange County headhunters because they are so worried about the apparently dismal job market. As freelancing and the gig economy grow, it is not as easy as it used to be to find jobs with stability and benefits.
Job seekers in the field of accounting, however, have plenty of reasons to be optimistic. Whether at accounting firms or at businesses that just hire an individual accountant, all businesses need accounting services. Here are some reasons to approach your accounting job search with confidence:
Many recent college graduates find themselves in entry-level jobs that pay little more than the summer jobs they used to have in college. The road to breaking even on their educational investment seems long indeed. Accounting is one of the fields where salaries for entry-level positions have consistently increased and will probably continue to do so.
The accounting job search is not just thousands of people applying for the same job. Just as there are many kinds of nurses (home health care and the emergency room are very different work environments), there are many different accountants. Choose the accounting subfield that suits you best. Some people would find being an internal or external auditor stressful, but you might love it. Being a staff accountant for a business might sound boring, but if you are an introvert, it could be just right.
Accounting is a profession in high demand in today’s job market, and it will likely remain so.