Friday, July 13, 2012, Dayton Business Journal
By: Olivia Barrow
If you wanted to get a job after college, go into accounting, local experts say.
Viewed as a recession-proof field by many, accounting programs across Dayton continue to attract more students.
For example, the program at Wright State University has grown by about 25 percent during the past five years.
"The market is good," said Jim Greenspan, chair of the department of accountancy at Wright-State University. "It's not what it was seven or eight years ago. It is better than it's been the last two or three years."
Eight years ago, Greenspan said the top 60 students at Wright State were hired by about 12 firms. Now as many as 35 firms will recruit the top students, reflecting more growth in local and regional firms. "As larger companies have left the area we've had to work harder to find substitute outlets for our students to have career opportunities and continue to grow," he said.
The job market for new accounting graduates is strong nationwide, but local firms still seem to get first dibs on local graduates as the vast majority of students prefer to stay in the Dayton area, Greenspan said.
But for all graduates, whether they stay local or take a job internationally, there is a pressing need for them to have a global focus, he said.
"So much of the commerce involved in companies in this area involves international business," Greenspan said. "The greater comfort level a student has with working with people with different backgrounds is becoming more and more an important aspect to their successful career path."