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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 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), or faster than the average for all careers. Robert Half Finance and Accounting reports that "companies looking for highly skilled accounting and finance professionals continue to face a shortage of job candidates." It also identifies the following careers as in-demand: accounting managers, senior accountants, staff accountants, auditors (especially in internal auditing and in the specialty of information technology), financial analysts, business analysts, business systems analysts, compliance officers, and controllers. Approximately 924,310 people were employed in accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services in the United States in May 2015, 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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