Career Outlook

According to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) survey (2013 Trends in the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits), CPA firms hired 40,350 new accounting graduates in 2012, including 23,793 graduates with a bachelor’s degree and 16,557 with a master’s degree — which is 22 percent above the previous year.


The demand for qualified accounting graduates is at an all-time high. The AICPA survey also reported that, nearly 90 percent of public accounting firms estimated that they would maintain or increase the number of graduates hired in the upcoming year.