Optimistic Outlook


The hiring outlook for 2009 remains bright for many workers in the accounting and finance fields, according to a salary guide released by Robert Half International. The guide forecasts salaries will rise 3.4% for finance and accounting staff.

The top three positions, according to the Robert Half International 2009 Salary Guide for accounting and finance positions, are:

Staff and senior accountants. Demand is strong for those who have one to three years of experience. Starting salaries for these positions at large firms (more than $250 million in sales) are projected to range from $44,500 to $57,250.

Public accountants. Firms are seeking experienced accountants who can replace retiring baby boomers. Starting salaries for senior accountants in tax services at small public accounting firms (less than $25 million in sales) are forecast to be $54,000 to $69,250.

Credit and collections clerks. Firms are looking for those who can help cut inefficiencies and enhance profits. Hires at midsize companies ($25 million to $250 million in sales) are expected to have starting salaries of $29,250 to $37,500.

Source: Robert Half International, www.rhi.com.

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