Nearly 7 in 10 accountants wouldn't change career, says Accountemps survey

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Good news for those happy with their accounting career: According to a recent Accountemps survey, nearly seven in ten accounting and finance workers would choose not to go back in time and change their career choice. The online survey developed and conducted by Accountemps polled more than 2,600 finance professionals across the United States, and found that by and large professionals want to stay put.

The top reasons survey respondents gave for why they wanted to originally pursue a career in accounting were:

  • The nature of the work and job duties (45 percent)
  • The positive employment outlook (21 percent)
  • The variety of career paths within the field (20 percent)

"It's an exciting time to be an accountant," said Bill Driscoll, a district president of Accountemps, in a statement. "No company can survive without an adept accounting team. Accounting professionals today have more influence on business decisions. Their expertise is frequently sought to analyze financial data, identify ways to reduce costs and grow revenue, and make recommendations that impact the entire organization."
And according to the 2016 Robert Half Salary Guide for Accounting and Finance, starting salaries in the accounting profession are expected to increase 4.7 percent in 2016. "Accounting salary increases reflect the rising demand for accountants and their growing influence within organizations," added Driscoll.

The figure is a part of an Accountemps slideshow on surprising facts about the accounting profession. For more on Accountemps, head to their site here.

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