New York (April 9, 2003) - While accounting and finance professionals are in high demand by employers, a shaky wartime economy and the profession’s somewhat sullied image has some CPAs feeling uneasy about their careers, according to a survey by CPA2Biz.

CPAs remain committed to their choice of profession, with 61 percent "mostly" or "completely" satisfied, according to a CPA2Biz study, "Career Outlook 2003." But 50 percent of respondents are less than "very" or "highly" confident about their futures, and 37 percent are actively considering a job change. Results of the study were reported in this week’s AICPA CPA Insider newsletter.

According to the report, CPAs are satisfied with the nature of their work, and the challenge and flexibility it allows. CPAs at non-profit organizations indicated the highest job satisfaction levels, and CPAs in public practice appear to be more satisfied with their jobs than CPAs in industry. Firm partners and the self-employed may be the happiest, CPA Insider reported. Among CPAs in business and industry, about 41 percent say they are actively looking for new jobs, compared with just 25 percent in public practice and 21 percent in non-profits.

The survey results will appear in the April 24 issue of the CPA Career e-newsletter.

-- Electronic Accountant Newswire Staff

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