accounting careers

 

After the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the job market rebounded strongly in 2021. The U.S. added a record 6.4 million jobs last year, and total employment is expected to add 11.9 million jobs in the next 10 years. 

Many career fields will experience tremendous growth in the coming years, including accounting and finance. If you are an accounting or finance professional looking to make a career move, now is a great time to do it. 

As you explore different career opportunities in the accounting and finance field, here are some fast-growing positions you should consider. 

Forensic Accountants 

These financial professionals are responsible for detecting and investigating fraud. They can be found in both the private and public sectors, typically in corporate security and risk management, law firms or government and law enforcement agencies. 

These careers are expected to grow 7% over the next 10 years and have a median salary of $73,812. Senior-level forensic accountants can earn more than $100k per year and may require additional certifications or an advanced degree.

Financial Examiners 

Financial Examiners are responsible for ensuring organizations are complying with financial laws and regulations. This position requires a bachelor’s degree at the very least, with some employers also requiring a CPA and/or Society of Financial Examiners certification.

This career is expected to grow 18% in the next 10 years and has a median salary of $81,430.

Financial Managers 

These professionals are responsible for financial reports, interpreting financial information, and providing investment and profit-maximizing recommendations. 

This career is expected to grow 17% in the next 10 years and has a median salary of $134,180.

Accountants

Accountants have a wide range of career paths they can pursue, such as government accounting, tax accounting, public accounting and other positions in the private sector. These positions typically require a bachelor’s degree, though CPA certification can help improve your career prospects greatly. If you want to rise to a senior-level or c-suite position, consider earning an MBA with a concentration in accounting. 

This career is expected to grow 7% in the next 10 years and has a median salary of $73,560.

Personal Financial Advisors 

Personal Financial Advisors help people invest their money and plan for their financial future, such as retirement or saving for college. At the very least you will need a bachelor’s degree, but most employers require some type of certification, such as Certified Financial Planner (CFP), CPA, or Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC).

This position is expected to grow 5% in the next 10 years and has a median salary of $89,330.

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