IN DEMAND ’07 – Hot Careers


Robert Half International Identifies This Year’s Hot Accounting and Finance


MENLO PARK, CA — Which accounting and finance professionals will have the
most promising career prospects in 2007?  Robert Half International, the world’s
first and largest staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance,
identified five jobs positioned for growth.  The information is based on
research from the company’s 2007 Salary Guide, actual candidate
placements and discussions with hiring managers throughout the United

“There are myriad opportunities available for experienced accounting and
finance professionals in today’s marketplace,” said Max Messmer, chairman and
CEO of Robert Half International and author of Job Hunting For
®, 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).  “Those who
combine functional expertise with strong strategic decision-making,
communication and technology skills are in the greatest demand and often can
command higher compensation.”

Following are five high-growth positions for 2007 identified by Robert Half

  • Internal auditor – Companies seek internal auditors, particularly
    those who possess the certified internal auditor designation, to help improve
    internal controls and meet the compliance mandates of regulations such as the
    Sarbanes-Oxley Act.  Reflecting the intense demand for these professionals,
    compensation is rising.  National average starting salaries for internal audit
    managers at large companies (more than $250 million in sales), for example, are
    expected to climb 5.8 percent this year, to a range of $77,500
    to $101,500.
  • Compliance executive – Companies are hiring compliance executives
    with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting experience to help them
    meet ongoing corporate governance requirements.  Starting salaries for chief
    compliance officers at large companies are predicted to rise to $132,500 to
    $181,250, a 14.4 percent increase, and to $111,000 to $145,500
    for those at midsize companies ($25 million to $250 million in sales), up
    9.3 percent from 2006 levels.
  • Financial analyst – As firms expand, financial analysts are needed to
    assist with budgeting and forecasting initiatives and to identify how their
    organizations can become more profitable.  Demand for these professionals is
    especially acute at the management and senior levels.  Base pay is expected to
    jump 5 percent for managers with small companies (less than $25
    million in sales), to between $55,750 and $70,000, and 5.6
    for senior financial analysts at large companies, to $58,250 to
  • Staff accountant – Accountants with at least three years of
    experience, including in public accounting, are sought for projects related to
    general ledger-account maintenance, financial-statement preparation and budget
    development.  The greatest gains in initial compensation for staff accountants
    are expected to take place at large companies, with starting salaries rising
    5 percent, to between $41,250 and $52,500.
  • External auditors – Public accounting firms are expanding their staff
    levels to meet rising client demand for audit services.  Professionals who
    possess three to seven years of experience and the certified public accountant
    designation are particularly valued.  Senior external auditors with small firms
    (less than $25 million in sales) will see starting salaries increase 5.2
    , to a range of $48,750 to $63,000.

The 2007 Salary Guide from Robert Half International is based on an
analysis of the thousands of job placements managed by the company’s U.S.
offices and includes an overview of the current hiring environment and national
average starting salary ranges for positions in accounting, finance, banking and
financial services.  Because compensation can vary significantly by geographic
area, the guide also includes a regional analysis of hiring trends and
compensation variances for more than 70 U.S. markets.  To learn more about the
2007 Salary Guide and order your free copy, visit

Robert Half International was founded in 1948 and is traded on the New York
Stock Exchange (NYSE: RHI).  Its financial staffing divisions include Robert
Half® Finance & Accounting, Accountemps® and Robert
Half® Management Resources, for full-time, temporary and senior-level
project professionals, respectively.  The company has more than 350 staffing
locations in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers
online job search services on its divisional websites, all of which can be
accessed at

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