At least, according to the American Institute of CPAs - and they want high school students to know that, too. And well, agree with them. So the Institute has launched the Clearly Pretty Awesome Competition to introduce them to the accounting profession.

The Clearly Pretty Awesome Competition calls for students to create a job (other than certified public accountant) using the acronym CPA like “curb paint applicator” or “city park accordionist.”

To enter, students should visit and register using the site’s FutureMe tool and then submit their entries, along with an explanation as to why being a real CPA is a better option than the job they created.

A panel of judges will select the finalists on Nov. 18 and 19. The top submissions will appear on Start Here, Go Places for public voting beginning on Nov. 29. The winner will be announced in mid-December to coincide with a national advertising campaign.

There will be 1st through 5th place awards … so students start your engines:
1st place – A laptop for the student, $3,000 grant awarded to the student’s school in his or her name, use of the entry in the ad campaign and a poster for school display.
2nd place – A laptop for the student, $1,500 grant to the school in the student’s name and a poster.
3rd, 4th & 5th places: An iPod touch for the students.

The competition is open to full-time 15 to 19 year old students who are enrolled in a high school in the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the North Mariana Islands, American Samoa or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Entries will be accepted until Nov. 17.