Every organization needs to know how it’s doing, what it has and where it’s going. Gathering and recording financial information and reporting, analyzing, interpreting and communicating that information is the mission of accounting. The 2008-09 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, says:
"Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 18 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This occupation will have a very large number of new jobs arise... An increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and corporate governance regulations, and increased accountability for protecting an organization’s stakeholders will drive growth."
"Employment of bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks is projected to grow by 12 percent during the 2006-16 decade… The large size of this occupation ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time work."