Hiring "Crunch Time" for Accountants

Have you filed your taxes yet? You still have time until April 15th, but employers might be feeling the crunch to fill any Accountant jobs that remain open. After a likely seasonal decline at the end of 2012, job postings began to bounce back in January. Last month, there were more than 72,000 jobs available online for Accountants, representing a 4% year-over-year increase.

Hiring Demand for Accountants - 4 Year Hiring Trend

Hiring Demand for Accountants
Source: WANTED Analytics

Below are the 10 most commonly required skills in accounting job ads. Oral and written communication skills are important to most positions, but could be seen as particularly important in accounting jobs since Accountants and Auditors need to interact with clients or other parts of a business regarding finances. With more parts of a job becoming computerized, it's not too surprising that general ledger software appears on this list. Do any of the below skills surprise you?

  1. Oral and written communication skills
  2. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  3. Public accounting
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. Financial reporting
  6. General ledger software
  7. Detail oriented
  8. Analytical skills
  9. Internal audit
  10. Problem solving
The cities that are experiencing the highest number of available jobs are currently New York, Washington (DC), Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston. You might expect New York to be on top, since it is the financial capital of the US. Despite the highest hiring demand in the US, companies recruiting for Accountants in New York City are actually likely to have less difficulties than average. The largest available pool of potential candidates is also in NY, which means that the stresses and strains of demand on the talent supply won't be as great. Recruiters aren't likely to see as much competition from other employers.

Hiring Scale for Accountants in New York City

Hiring Scale for Accountants in New York City
Source: WANTED Analytics

Some of the locations with the most difficult conditions for sourcing Accountants are Niles-Benton Harbor (MI), Grand Forks (ND), and Sherman-Denison (TX).  While job postings remain online for an average of about 6 weeks, jobs in these 3 locations are likely to take longer to fill. For instance, accounting job ads have an average posting period of almost 8 weeks in the Niles-Benton Harbor metro area. This is 2 weeks longer than the national average.

Hiring Scale for Accountants in Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

Hiring Scale for Accountants in Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
Source: WANTED Analytics

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