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Calling all accountants

Calling all accountants

by Rick Turoczy on October 12, 2005

Qualified accountants are in demand. Most graduates will find jobs, and those with internships and professional affiliations are even more likely to land the coveted positions in major accounting firms such as Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers, experts say.

At last week’s job fair, there were long lines at the booths run by the top public accounting firms. Recruiters from smaller firms saw less traffic, but were eagerly accepting resumes.

The competition is also pushing up wages.

The most-cited reason for the shortage is the increased demand for accountants created by the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The “SOX” law, passed in 2002 in the wake of corporate-accounting scandals, strengthens auditing standards for publicly traded companies.

Calling all accountants

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