“The accounting industry is dynamic even with the occurrence of economic downturns in some parts of the world. This can be said since new businesses are being established everyday requiring the services of an accounting professional. There have been projections for an increased demand for accounting professionals such as bookkeepers, auditors, accountants and tax specialists in the next 3 to 5 years. So much is the demand that an additional 20% on top of the existing practitioners would be needed.
Annually, accounting trends vary as brought about by government regulations, advanced technology, new laws, tax season and new business that are set-up. Numerous accounting software makes tasks more bearable for bookkeepers but there is still a need for different accounting professionals.
First, tax issues are important to a business and there is always a need for a tax specialist. Filing of IRS and other tax reports must always comply with the latest state and federal regulations. Also, accountants that are knowledgeable in advance accounting software are needed since technology adds efficiency to the mundane and routine tasks in accounting.
One of the current trends in accounting today is the availability of online services that can handle multiple transactions for a company. There is also the trend of doing home accounting so one can keep track of expenses incurred by a household. Different software for personal or home accounting can be bought in the market which helps income earners to be more cost-efficient.
Firms prefer accounting professionals who are familiar with enterprise resource planning and posses soft skills in negotiating and interpersonal communication. Gone are the days that accountants are huddled in one corner doing paperwork. The new breed of accountants are not only figure savvy but also good in making presentations. Another accounting trend that must be considered is the changing landscape of hiring global workers.
Business process outsourcing had become so popular since a company can save on costs by hiring virtual workers in the global marketplace. The basic requirement for those who want to get projects is to update one’s self with different accounting procedures such as GAAP or IFRS to adopt to the country that needs such reports. The trend is leaning towards IFRS which has been adopted by more countries nowadays including India and China. In addition to this, an accountant that possess good skills in the use of spreadsheet applications for accounting has a definite advantage.”