No one wants to be an accountant anymore, but a program aimed at high schoolers looks to fix the shortage

Accounting firms are facing a significant staffing shortage.

Between the long hours, stressful deadlines, and unflattering stereotypes, more people are quitting the profession then going into it.

Instead, students straight out of college are choosing to pursue careers in related fields like investment banking, consulting, or data analysis. The additional credit hours required to earn a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license don’t help either.

To tap the next generation of number crunchers, The Deloitte Foundation, a national nonprofit that supports teaching, research, and curriculum innovation in accounting and business, is trying a new strategy to address the talent pipeline problem — by appealing directly to teenagers.

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