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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through the year 2014. The increasing demand for accounting services is driven by an increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and regulations, and increased scrutiny of company finances.

Most SCU accounting majors begin their careers at CPA firms and other companies that provide accounting, audit, tax, business valuation, and consulting services. The following table provides some statistics on the job placement of SCU accounting majors as of December 31 of the students’ senior year.*


  CPA Firms
   Accounting Positions in Big Four CPA Firms
 Positions in Other Accounting Firms
 Accounting Positions in Industry and Government
 Students continuing in other careers**
Still seeking employment or Survey not returned
 Class 0f 2008
 60.0%  18.0%  2.7%
 5.3%  14.0%.
 Class 0f 2007
 58.7%  20.0%  1.3%  4.0%  16.0%
 Class of 2006
 67.6%%  13.0%  2.8%  2.8%  13.8%
 Class of 2005
 75.3%  9.9%  1.2%  4.9%


* We survey our seniors at the end of the fall quarter. While most students graduate after the spring quarter of their senior year, some students graduate in the fall, winter, and summer quarters too. Our survey includes all seniors enrolled in the fall quarter.

** Includes students advancing directly to graduate school or beginning their careers in military service, the Peace Corp, or professional sports.

The table shows that approximately 80 percent of our senior accounting majors begin their careers at CPA firms. Most of these jobs are in the Silicon Valley, though our students also find jobs in other areas of California and the rest of the country.

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