Accountants and auditors held about 1.1 million jobs in
2002. They worked throughout private industry and government, but 1 out
of 5 wage and salary accountants worked for accounting, tax
preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services firms. Approximately 1
out of 10 accountants or auditors were self-employed.
Many accountants and auditors are unlicensed management accountants,
internal auditors, or government accountants and auditors; however, a
large number are licensed Certified Public Accountants. Most
accountants and auditors work in urban areas, where public accounting
firms and central or regional offices of businesses are concentrated.
Some individuals with backgrounds in accounting and auditing are
full-time college and university faculty; others teach part time while
working as self-employed accountants or employed as accountants for
private industry or government. (Elsewhere in the Handbook see teachers—postsecondary.)