Now Hiring: Major Accounting Firms in Feeding Frenzy

Accounting Firms It looks like the major U.S.-based accounting firms are in a hiring frenzy -- they just can't get enough bean counters. Whether it's because of the oddly bullish stock market, growth in the economy or the trend for big businesses to hire outside contractors rather than full-time accountants of their own, if you work in tax or finance, you're literally in the money.

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For example, according to CNNMoney, Deloitte plans to hire 17,000 experienced workers in the United States and India in 2011. Ernst & Young wants to hire 7,000 employees from college campuses (4,500 full-time and 2,500 interns) and 6,000 experienced staff, totaling 13,000 people in 2011. Other major firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG also plan to increase their staffs, in keeping with the recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report that predicted employment in accounting and auditing would grow by at least 22 percent.

Those graduating from college in accounting are finding that they are suddenly hot commodities, with firms going on campus to compete for the top grads. Some universities are reporting 90 percent placement among grads in their accounting departments.

Those with experience, especially those who have qualified to be CPAs, are also in demand, and will find the big accounting firms adding all sorts of perks and pay to lure them into their corporate folds. Like the top candidates in tech fields, accountants these days are increasingly able to write their own tickets.

Opportunity is also rising for in-house accountants, although that demand is not quite as steep. While many companies are using contractors until they're more certain of the recovery, others are finding that the myriad new financial regulations require them to have in-house accountants working for them full time. Also, the financial services, health care and consumer goods sectors are doing so well they're staffing up again.

The image of bean counters is no longer mild-mannered, timid and dull. They're the darlings of the job market right now, and can pretty much pick and choose where they'd like to work. In the financial sector, they have become the rock stars!


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gaelicdreams2000

Graduated with an associates in accounting and have not found anything in this field. From a small town in Kentucky. Have been managing a small businesses book for the past 11 years about and this company will be closing the doors soon and would like to be able to find something in the same field. I am a quick learner and can adapt to just about any situation. Would just have to give me about a weeks worth of traning and let your company decided from there if you are willing to take the chance or not. Can be contacted by email @ winger42240@aol.com. Thank you.

April 14 2011 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wolfmann4u

How can you create good paying jobs when everything is made in China ?

March 31 2011 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
manhnts2

BRING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM OBAMAS WARS IN THE MID EAST TO ROUND UP AND DEPORT 50 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THEIR ILLEGAL AMERICAN BORN ANCHOR CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE AND DEPORT THEM ALL. THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF JOBS FOR ALL AMERICANS AND OUR TROOPS WHEN THEIR TERM IS UP. RIGHT NOW OUR SOLDIERS ARE FIGHTING AND DYING FOR A COUNTRY THAT IS BEING OVERRUN BY INWANTED ILLEGAL ALIENS ON OBAMAS WATCH. THEY WILL COME HOME TO A DYING AMERICA WHERE THERES NO JOBS BECAUSE OF MEXICAN PARASITES.

March 31 2011 at 8:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
manhnts2

BRING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM OBAMAS WARS IN THE MID EAST TO ROUND UP AND DEPORT 50 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THEIR ILLEGAL AMERICAN BORN ANCHOR CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE AND DEPORT THEM ALL. THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF JOBS FOR ALL AMERICANS AND OUR TROOPS WHEN THEIR TERM IS UP. RIGHT NOW OUR SOLDIERS ARE FIGHTING AND DYING FOR A COUNTRY THAT IS BEING OVERRUN BY INWANTED ILLEGAL ALIENS ON OBAMAS WATCH. THEY WILL COME HOME TO A DYING AMERICA WHERE THERES NO JOBS BECAUSE OF MEXICAN PARASITES.

March 31 2011 at 8:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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brendahu

isn't that Bush' war?

April 04 2011 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
manhnts2

BRING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM OBAMAS WARS IN THE MID EAST TO ROUND UP AND DEPORT 50 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THEIR ILLEGAL AMERICAN BORN ANCHOR CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE AND DEPORT THEM ALL. THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF JOBS FOR ALL AMERICANS AND OUR TROOPS WHEN THEIR TERM IS UP. RIGHT NOW OUR SOLDIERS ARE FIGHTING AND DYING FOR A COUNTRY THAT IS BEING OVERRUN BY INWANTED ILLEGAL ALIENS ON OBAMAS WATCH. THEY WILL COME HOME TO A DYING AMERICA WHERE THERES NO JOBS BECAUSE OF MEXICAN PARASITES.

March 31 2011 at 8:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
DAVID

Great, Im 56 and now you tell me . How many accountants do you think are out of work?

March 31 2011 at 7:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
invmartyc

Can we count on it?

March 31 2011 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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