Despite a poor economy, employment for accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 13 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This growth is expected to translate into more than 166,000 job openings for accountants. Corporate revenue and profits continue to grow, and accountants and auditors will be needed to verify financial transactions—especially in the wake of regulatory changes such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The DOL reports that accountants and auditors "who have earned professional recognition, especially as a certified public accountant, should have the best prospects. Job applicants who have a master’s degree in accounting or a master’s degree in business with a concentration in accounting also may have an advantage."

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