Study Reveals Accountants Want Job Flexibility, Training

A Kelly Financial Resources study reveals that finance and accounting professionals across the nation prefer flexible schedules or working as project consultants to the traditional workday.

The study was the result of a survey of more than 1,000 finance and accounting professionals. Many of those surveyed indicated a plan to become self-employed or a business owner. The study noted that despite job satisfaction, loyalty and above-average incomes, financial workers are looking for some kind of change.

"Finance and accounting professionals have a lot of confidence in their professional skills and in the market's demand for them. Our research found that this is definitely an upwardly mobile group, very engaged in pursuing a successful career and taking responsibility and initiative for their success," said Kelly Financial Resources vice president Robert Lyons.

Survey results indicated that 61 percent of those questioned rank training as important to career advancement, particularly training in computers and technology. With 76 percent viewing their work as a career, 24 percent say they don't expect to retire from a position in the finance or accounting field.

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