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Government regulation and the expansion of business, especially internationally, have created strong job opportunities in the accounting industry. Employment for accountants is expected to grow by 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), or about as fast as the average for all careers. Robert Half Finance and Accounting reports that "public accountants and auditors are in very high demand.” It identifies the following careers as in-demand: accounts payable/receivable clerk, auditor, bookkeeper, compliance analyst, controller, financial analyst, payroll manager, senior accountant, staff accountant, and tax accountant. Approximately 1 million people were employed in accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services in the United States in May 2021, according to the DOL, although the number of accounting professionals is much higher because many accounting workers are employed in industry sectors that fall outside of this classification.

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