Good news for soon-to-be accountants in Coquitlam: employment opportunities are expected to grow by double digits (16 percent) by 2020.

The not-so-great news? Despite open positions, accounting ranks among the top 10 job categories employers have the most difficulty filling due to lack of skilled talent.  But your job prospects – and long-term career goals – remain bright.

The key is understanding the unique qualifications of management accounting versus traditional financial or public accounting. The fact is, of the approximately 1.3 million accountants and auditors in the U.S. alone, nearly  75%  work inside organizations. Yet, college curricula are not oriented to teach the skills required of this professional majority: management accountants.

Let’s start shifting perceptions to help everyone thrive in the reality of today – and tomorrow.