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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 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), or about as fast as the average for all careers. Robert Half Finance and Accounting reports that "demand is high and supply is low for accounting and finance professionals in the United States." It identifies the following careers as in-demand: accounting managers, business analysts, financial analysts, financial analysts, internal auditors, payroll managers, senior accountants, and staff accountants. Approximately 959,540 people were employed in accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services in the United States in May 2018, 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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