From number crunchers to business advisors

New skill sets will make accountants more sought after and the demand for specialties is rising
By Jeff Holloway
||Last Updated: 04/20/2006

The accountant’s role has changed significantly in recent years, moving away from processing and calculating data and focusing instead on analyzing information and helping to chart the course of a company’s future.

As job responsibilities have shifted, so have the requirements to be successful in accounting. It’s no longer enough just to have solid financial expertise. Accountants must also have a diverse skill set that enables them to serve as business advisors to an organization.

According to research recently conducted by staffing firm Robert Half, accounting professionals with the following skills will be the most in demand: