Five jobs in the accounting and finance field are expected to be especially well positioned for salary increases next year.

Recruiting agency Robert Half International said demand remains especially strong for internal auditors, senior accountants, hedge fund accountants, financial analysts and public accountants.

National average starting salaries for internal audit managers at large companies are expected to climb 6.7 percent to between $81,500 and $109,500 annually, according to Robert Half's 2008 Salary Guide.

Senior accountants who have at least three years of experience are also expected to benefit from large salary gains at midsized companies. Robert Half projects their salaries will rise 5.4 percent next year to between $49,250 and $63,000 per year, on average.

Hedge fund accountants with between three and seven years of experience in fund administration or investment management will find starting salaries rising 6.5 percent to between $46,250 and $64,500.

Financial analyst managers at large companies will experience a 5.8 percent increase to between $74,750 and $99,000. Average starting salaries for entry-level financial analysts at large companies are expected to rise 6.9 percent to between $38,250 and $47,500 annually.

For public accountants, average starting salaries for senior managers and directors at midsized firms are anticipated to grow 7.7 percent next year, to between $88,250 and $129,250. At small firms, professionals with between one and three years of experience can expect a 7.7 percent hike in average starting salaries, to between $44,750 and $53,250.

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