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CPA firms recruit more women graduates, but total recruits drop.

The 21st edition of the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits, an American Institute of CPAs survey, reported 59% of new accounting graduates recruited by CPA firms in 1990 were women, up from 48% in 1989, and projected women will constitute 57% of the new recruits in 1991.

This upward trend in the recruiting of women accounting graduates has occurred even though accounting graduates were evenly divided by gender in the 1988-89 and 1989-90 school years. For the 1990-91 school year, the survey projected women accounting graduates will be in the majority (53%).

Bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting were awarded to 57,360 students in the 1989-90 school year, .6% below the level a year earlier. However, this year, the survey anticipated a 3% increase in the total number of accounting graduates.

CPA firms hired 21,640 graduates with bachelor's degrees in 1990, 14.3% below the 25,240 hired in 1989. Another slight decline of 1.6% to 21,280 graduates is projected for this year.

Recruits with master's degree declined 3.8% in 1990 to 2,500 from 1989's 2,600. Recruitment of accounting graduates with master's degrees in expected to remain stable in 1991.

For a free copy of the report (product no. G00097), write to the AICPA Order Department, P.O. Box 1003, New York, New York 10108-1003.
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Title Annotation:'Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits' AICPA survey report
Publication:Journal of Accountancy
Date:Jan 1, 1992
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