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Demand for Accounting and Finance Professionals Remains Strong

January 2007 There remains strong demand for accounting and finance graduates about to enter the job market. With the right degrees and accreditations, those looking for opportunities in finance and accounting are well positioned for career success.

According to the 2007 Salary Guide from Robert Half International, starting salaries for accounting and finance professionals are expected to rise an average of 3.8 percent this year. Staff and senior accountants, compliance specialists, internal auditors, external auditors, and financial analysts are in particular demand. Professionals with designations such as the certified public accountant (CPA), certified credit executive (CCE) and certified internal auditor (CIA) are even more marketable and could receive base pay offers of up to 10 percent above the market standard.

Companies continue to place a growing emphasis on non-technical skills during the hiring process. In a survey conducted by Robert Half International, 75 percent of chief financial officers polled said verbal, written and interpersonal skills are more important for accounting and finance professionals now than they were five years ago.

The opportunities for finance and accounting students are only growing -- and some may not have to wait until after graduation to bring their career aspirations to fruition. The shortage of experienced accountants means recruiting efforts are focused increasingly on new graduates, and some firms are extending offers to candidates in their junior -- or even sophomore -- years in college.

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ACCOUNTEMPS is a specialized temporary staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. Accountemps provides support throughout an accounting department. Headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., Accountemps and has more than 270 offices in North America, Europe and Australia. Accountemps' Career Counselor column, a SmartPros staple for over four years, is refreshed twice a month.

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