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PROFESSIONAL
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WOMEN'S BUREAU BULLETIN NO. 258

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

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James P. Mitchell, Secretary
WOMEN’S BUREAU
Mrs. Alice K. Leopold, Director

DEDICATED

to serve young women, their counselors,
and women young at any age, who are
thinking about preparing for a career
in professional accounting, or
moving from another occupation into
public accounting, tax and cost
accounting, auditing, budget accounting,
systems installation and related jobs
which are essential in managing the
business household . . .

and to the thousands of American
employers who have never underestimated
the good financial housekeeping of
qualified women accountants.

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
James P. Mitchell, Secretary
WOMEN'S BUREAU
Mrs. Alice K. Leopold, Director

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
FOR WOMEN IN

PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING

Women's Bureau Bulletin No. 258

U. S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1955

For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government
Printing Office, Washington 25, D. C. Price 20 cents

This bulletin was prepared by Lillian V. Inke
with the assistance of Annie Lefkowitz in the
Research Division of the Women’s Bureau.

CONTENTS
I. Accounting: A business career for women_______________________
From bookkeeping to professional accounting________________
Women CPA’s are increasing_________________________
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Traditions and trends____________ _________________________
One man’s opinion ______________________________
II. Definitions and directions
What is professional accounting?
Definitions of the field of work___________________________
Occupational definitions_____________________________
Specialization according to the type of business served_____
Research and teaching:___________________
Law and accountings._____ ____________
Professional ethics____ ;_______________ ____________________
A note to women about professional training________
____
III. Women accountants at work_________________________________
How many women in professional jobs? ___________________
Two professional women’s societies_______________________
Survey of women accountants in 1954^______________________
IV. What it takes to become an accountant _______________________
First steps______
Aptitude and achievement tests
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What kind of education?________________
Preparing for college_____ _____________ ____
College requirements for graduation with a major in accounting _ _
Choosing a college_____________________________
Advanced degrees in accounting________________
Private business and accountancy schools________________
Correspondence courses.
Internship programs_________________________ __________
Company training programs_______________
Requirements for the certified public accountant license_______
V. The job outlook
_ __________________________________
It looks good for women_______________ ______
The paycheck __________________________________________
Where are the job opportunities?
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Advancement on the job
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Part-time work
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Maturity can be an advantage
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Some observations for women looking toward a career________
Appendixes:
1. Occupational definitions______________________________ ______
2. Sources of additional information
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3. Selected references____
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Acknowledgments
... to Simon W. Levitan, President of the Board
of Accountancy for the District of Columbia and
member of the American Institute of Accountants,
for reviewing the manuscript and making sug­
gestions ;
... to Elinor Hill, President, the American Woman’s
Society of Certified Public Accountants, and to
Rosemary Hoban, past President;
... to Mrs. Vivian G. Warner, President of the
American Society of Women Accountants, to
Marguerite Gibb, past President, and to Elizabeth
Shannessy, Secretary, and
... to a number of officers and members of both
AWSCPA and ASWA local chapters for considera­
ble assistance in supplying materials and photo­
graphs and for reviewing the bulletin in draft;
. . . and also to the women accountants who were
interviewed in the field and who wish to remain
anonymous.
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Of Keeping Books and Accounts:

. . . Cannot bookkeeping claim an honorable and
ancient lineage? Is it indeed an upstart as com­
pared with geology and chemistry and landscape
gardening and social psychology . . . and other cher­
ished subjects of the university curriculum?
Founded like San Francisco, by a follower of St.
Francis of Assisi, cradled in mathematics, with alge­
bra as a twin, established under the aegis of a great
university—surely this is an origin sufficiently aca­
demic to give respectability to the subject.
—A. C. Littleton.
Of Women:

. . . I can look back to the days, not very long ago,
when there were practically no women in what might
be considered public accounting. Today there are a
great many more than would have been believed
possible 10 years ago. I have no idea how far women
can go in accounting in public practice, but I am
satisfied that they can go a great deal farther than
they have gone, and the distance that they go de­
pends more on themselves than on others.
—George D. Bailey, Past President,
The American Institute of Accountants.
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Employment Opportunities for Women in
PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING
i. ACCOUNTING: A BUSINESS CAREER FOR WOMEN

For the woman who looks toward a high-level business career, pro­
fessional training in accounting can furnish a very good foundation.
Today’s accountant is expected to know a great deal about business
practice and theory, the management of companies, commercial law,
tax regulations, ways of determining operating costs and the means
of measuring profit and loss, in addition to the basic principles of
keeping books and records.
Training as an accountant can provide a woman with the oppor­
tunity to work at the management level with executives and leaders of
business and industry. With this background, she riiay then be able
to advance into an executive position or, if she chooses, go into business
for herself. Or she may become an accounting specialist—a cost con­
sultant, a tax adviser, a public auditor—or develop specific knowledge
about financial transactions in a particular branch of commerce or
industry. Accountancy is certainly not the only way for women to
enter higher levels of business, but it is one of the very sound ways for
those who have the proper qualifications and sufficient interest to
acquire the necessary education.
Through professional training, accounting offers professional status.
It opens the door for women to a world much wider than the one en­
compassed by ledgers and journals, as an increasing number of women
have discovered in recent years.

From Bookkeeping to Professional Accounting
Ledgers and ‘‘ladies” were associated early. The business world of
1870 depended upon the services of nearly 1,000 women bookkeepers,
accountants and cashiers, according to the census of that year. By
1910 there were about 190,000 women in this broad occupational group,
although very few among them were professional accountants.
How many men or women accountants there have been at any time
since the first census up to the 1950 census can only be estimated
roughly, because of gaps in information. Nevertheless, the informa­
tion which is at hand points clearly to the fact that most bookkeepers
have been women and most accountants, men. In 1950, women were
77 percent of all employed bookkeepers, although they had begun to
make measurable progress in accounting and auditing jobs.
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In the 10-year period from 1940 to 1950, women accountants and
auditors increased in number from a little over 18,000 to more than
55,000. Roughly, this was a more than 200-percent increase of women
in a group of occupations in which men have been predominant. It
compares very favorably with women’s progress in other professionally
classified occupations in the same period.
Although the census report can be adjusted somewhat for closer'
estimates of qualified accountants than the 1950 decennial count
shows,1 a comparison of women accountants with women in other
professional groups indicates the general trend. In table 1, six occu­
pations are compared with accountants to show the increase among
women, from 1940 to 1950.
Table 1.—Increases in number of women in selected occupations, 1940—1950

Number of women
Occupation
1940
and Auditors __ __ _
Chemists
_ _
_ _
_
Engineers, technical- _ __
___ __ _
Lawyers and judges _
____
__
Physicians and surgeons __ _______ __
Social, group and welfare workers. _
_
_
Teachers (not elsewhere classified)____ _

Accountants

18, 265
1, 654
730
4, 187
7, 608
44, 389
767, 769

1950

55,
7,
6,
6,
11,
58,
834,

660
451
475
256
714
917
996

Women added
since 1940

37, 395
5, 797
5, 745
2, 069
4, 106
14, 528
67, 227

Source: U. S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. See also Women’s Bureau Bull. 253,
Changes in Women’s Occupations, 1940-1950.

It may be noted from the comparisons that the numerical increase
of women accountants was exceeded only by an increase of teachers
among the occupations listed. Teaching, like social work, is a tradi­
tional field for women; the others are occupations in which men
predominate.

Women CPA’s Are Increasing
The highest level of professional skill that may be achieved in
accountancy is rewarded by a certificate which designates the holder
as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant). To earn it, candidates
must meet various qualifications including the successful completion
of a difficult written examination.
All of the women who took the trouble to study for and pass the
State certifying examinations for public accountants, up to very re­
cent times, may be regarded as pioneers. As a matter of fact, State
examinations for the licensing of public accountants were not re­
1 See chapter III for discussion of this point.

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quired anywhere in the country until 1896, when the State of New
York adopted the first law on certification. From the turn of the
century until 1933, only a few more than 100 accounting certificates
were issued to women by all States conducting examinations.
Up to 1940, only 175 women had been licensed as CPA’s, but in
recent years the number has increased more rapidly. By 1946 the
cumulative total for women was 360, and by 1954, it had reached
approximately 900. The total number of living CPA’s, men and
women, was reported as about 52,000 in 1954.

Traditions and Trends
Although traditional patterns for women’s employment change very
slowly over the years, attitudes toward women’s abilities and poten­
tialities in the business world have improved steadily with the dem­
onstrated proficiency of women in high-level employment. World
War II, which was said by some to have taken as many as a third
of men accountants into military service while it required, simul­
taneously, great increases in production and business activity, pro­
vided unprecedented opportunities for women with accountancy prep­
aration. Many of the qualified women who replaced men in this
period acquired permanent positions and helped to create a more
favorable climate for the acceptance of women.
Fortunately, because of the great need of commerce and industry
for increasing numbers of skilled and trained personnel, the time is
at hand when most, if not all, employers are finding it to their advan­
tage to break with tradition in the employment of women. They
are more likely today, and in the years to come, to consider women
applicants for accounting positions on an individual, professional
basis, and not apply, against their own interests, either the
generalizations which can be reasonably made of women as a group
or conclusions based upon a single, unsatisfactory employee.

One Mon’s Opinion
In his Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin paid tribute to both the
homemaking ability and the business shrewdness of a woman who
excelled in accounting. He tells the following story:
In 1733, I sent one of my Journeymen to Charleston South Carolina where
a Printer was wanting. I furnish’d him with a Press and Letters, on
an Agreement of Partnership, by which I was to receive One Third of the
Profits, of the Business, paying One Third of the Expence. He was a Man of
Learning and honest, but ignorant in Matters of Account; and tho’ he
sometimes made me Remittances, I could get no Account from him, nor
any satisfactory State of our Partnership while he lived. On his Decease,
the Business was continued by his Widow, who being born & bred in Hol347038—55------ 2

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land, where as I have been inform’d the Knowledge of Aceompts makes a
Part of Female Education, she not only sent me as clear a State as she
could find of the Transactions past, but continu’d to account with the
greatest Regularity & Exactitude every Quarter afterwards; and manag’d
the Business with such Success that she not only brought up reputably a
Family of Children, but at the Expiration of the Term was able to pur­
chase of me the Printing House and establish her Son in it.

At a time when few studies except fine arts and household skills
were regarded as suitable for women, Benjamin Franklin proposed a
curriculum change. After telling his story about the woman educated
in “Aceompts” (accounting), he observed:
I mention this Affair chiefly for the Sake of recommending that Branch
of Education for our young Females, as likely to be of more Use to them
& their children in Case of Widowhood than either Music or Dancing. . . .

II. DEFINITIONS AND DIRECTIONS

What Is Professional Accounting?
The job titles of “bookkeeper” and “accountant” have been used in­
terchangeably over the years. A distinction between the two occupa­
tions began to develop toward the close of the nineteenth century with
the very rapid growth of business following the industrial revolution.
Not until the decennial census of 1950, however, were bookkeepers, as
predominantly clerical workers, separated from accountants and
auditors, who were ranked as professional.
Because accounting is relatively new among the professionally
recognized occupations, and also because it has been so closely asso­
ciated with bookkeeping, the differences between the two are some­
times still blurred in usage.
Nearly every occupation has problems of language and definition,
and accounting is no exception. Job titles in practice are not defini­
tive in themselves. Each employer has the privilege of giving the
jobs in his firm the titles that seem suitable to him. Most employers
do not go very far beyond established custom in adopting the same
titles for the same kinds of jobs. For example, they would hardly be
likely to call a posting clerk-—who posts routine entries on a ledger—
an accountant. They might, however, call a posting clerk an account­
ing clerk; or the clerk who works in an accounting department might
call herself an accountant.
There are also job situations in which it is difficult to distinguish
between bookkeeping and accountancy. Borderline cases exist, es­
pecially when a business is in a state of reorganization or expansion; or
because, in a large organization where a great volume of bookkeeping
records is processed, a professionally trained accountant may tempo-

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rarity do relatively routine work. Besides, it often happens that a
head bookkeeper in a small business performs a greater variety of
duties and is given a greater degree of responsibility than a profes­
sionally qualified junior accountant in a large firm, although the
junior professional has just begun the training period on the job and
will eventually advance.
Due to the scope of work, the intangible nature of many business
concepts, and the multiplicity of skills and knowledge involved in
the field of modern accounting, it is not easy to convey the full mean­
ing of accounting with a terse and explicit definition. It is probably
more advantageous for a student to examine some definitions of the
held of work, and then review definitions of the most commonly known
jobs within the field.

Definitions of the Field of Work
The field of accounting is generally divided into three broad areas
of work: public, private, and governmental. The Bureau of Labor
Statistics described these three fields in its bulletin, Employment
Outlook in Accounting (published 1951), as follows:
.... Public accountants offer their services to the general public on a fee
basis, in much the same way as do lawyers, doctors, and dentists. A
public accountant may be in business for himself, or he may be a partner
in an accounting firm. In addition, the larger firms have professional
accountants on their staffs, who work for a salary but are also considered
public accountants. Traditionally, public accountants offer their services
to the public as experts in all types of accounting. However, the two largest
areas of public accounting work consist of auditing and tax services.
Public accountants serve a wide variety of clients—business enterprises,
government agencies, and nonprofit institutions.
Private accountants handle the financial records of a single business enter­
prise .or nonprofit organization and work on a salary basis. They are
frequently referred to as executive or administrative accountants. When
they work for manufacturing or other concerns, they are often called
industrial accountants. In addition, accountants are employed by all
branches of Federal, State, and local governments, including governmentowned corporations. Accountants in private and government work cus­
tomarily specialize in the performance of a single type of accounting
service; they may do any of the types of accounting service described
previously. They also tend to become specialists in a fairly narrow field
of employment such as a particular branch of manufacturing, public utili­
ties, or transportation.

Occupational Definitions
The student is referred to the Department of Labor’s Dictionary
of Occupational Titles and to accountant job definitions excerpted
from the Dictionary which appear in appendix 1. For comparison,
several bookkeeping and accounting clerk jobs are included.

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Seven most commonly found accounting jobs are included in the
Dictionary. They may be grouped as: (1) General Accountant
and Auditor; (2) Budget Accountant, Cost Accountant, Tax
Accountant and Accounting System Expert; and (3) Public Ac­
countant. Generally considered, the jobs in the first group are broad
and cover a wide range of operations; the second group consists of
specialists; and both first and second groups are usually found in
private or governmental employment on a salary basis.
The public accountant is the broadest of the definitions and may
include most of the knowledge and skill of the other six classifica­
tions. Many public accountants study for the examination which
certifies them according to standards established in each State. If
certified, the public accountant is usually called by the abbreviated
title, CPA (Certified Public Accountant). However, a number of
successfully employed accountants in public work are not certified.
Some public accountants who are not certified may be licensed as
required by the States in which they practice.

Specialization According to the Type of Business Served
In addition to specialization according to the type of job duties—
such as tax, budget, or cost accounting—there is an increasing trend
toward specialization according to the type of business served.
The nature of business itself may lead an accountant toward career
specialization in one business, sometimes determined by chance or
the circumstances of employment. If a junior accountant does well
at a beginning job with an electric power utilities company, for
example, and is advanced to higher positions as a result of his efforts
and the firm’s need, he is likely to stay and become an accounting
expert in the electric power utilities business.
It is also possible for an accountant to specialize in one phase of
the work for a specific business. For example, he may become a
cost expert in the garment manufacturing industry, or a systems in­
stallation expert in banking.

Research and Teaching
One of the applications of accounting is in the teaching field.
Research and jobs in technical writing may also use an accountant’s
services full time, but most accountants have opportunities for re­
search as a regular part of their jobs and are frequently called upon
to present their findings in technical reports at professional society
meetings or in the journals published by professional groups.

BOOKKEEPERS

ACCOUNTANTS AND AUDITORS
Percent
100

Wo men

Men

Wc

Men

1-100

BKyears or more
4 years or
morecollege

<x$8l68>X<

Percent

1 to 3

<■60
.....
'A3'

4 years
high school
-20

Less than
4 years
high school

20

Less than
4 years
high school

22

Figure 2.—Years of Schooling Completed by Men and Women Accountants and Bookkeepers: 1950.

Professional Accounting

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Law and Accounting
Because modern accountancy depends so much upon understand­
ing laws and regulations which affect the conduct of business, it is not
uncommon for an accountant to study law and combine the two pro­
fessions. Some women accountants have not only become proficient
in both but are outstanding business advisers, as a result.

Professional Ethics
To be recognized as professional, the accountant must not only
undertake a formal course of training which develops his judgment
and adds to his technical knowledge, but must practice in accordance
with the ethical standards which have been established by the pro­
fessional societies, by business law, and through social and moral codes,
in very simple terms, it means that he must know how to keep the
confidences of his associates, be able to recognize and resist corrupt
practices, and be prepared to cooperate with governmental and judi­
cial agencies which administer the law.
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Note to Women About Professional Training

Men and women entering the accounting profession today are ad­
vised to prepare with 4 years of college. It is doubtful whether any
voung person starting out on an accounting career with less than a 2year college-level accounting course could receive favorable consid­
eration from an employer. Questions of education and training are
discussed more fully in chapter IV, but these guide lines will serve
its a basis for comparing the educational backgrounds of men and
women accountants and bookkeepers, and as a note to women pre­
paring to enter an occupation in which they seek equal advancement
with men.
Figure 2 (p. 7) and table 2 (p. 9) represent the educational attain­
ments of men and women in 1950 in the two broad groups of (1)
accountants and auditors and (2) bookkeepers.
It can be seen from the figure above that men accountants, as a
group, showed generally higher educational achievement than women.
Thirty-six percent of the men and only 14 percent of the women had
completed 4 years or more of college. In the group of accountants who
had 1 to 3 years of college, men and women were much closer: 27 per­
cent and 23 percent, respectively. But among all classified account­
ants and auditors, 63 percent of the men, and only 37 percent of the
women, had more than a high-school education.
A review of the educational backgrounds of bookkeepers counted
in the 1950 census indicates that the years of schooling, especially
below the college level, for men and women bookkeepers were more

Table 2.—Estimate of number of employed men and women classified as accountants and auditors, and as bookkeepers by selected education groups: 1950

Accountants and auditors
Women
Number

Total number reported as employed 1___
Less than 4 years of high school
..
4 years of high school, _
_
1 to 3 years of college, .
____
4 years or more of college_________

55, 660
7,
27,
12,
7,

429
668
947
616

Men
Percent

100
13
50
23
14

Number

320, 799
35,
85,
85,
113,

888
613
437
861

Women
Percent

2 100
11
27
27
36

Number

556, 229
108,
330,
90,
26,

853
456
332
588

Men
Percent

100
20
59
16
5

Number

164, 748
36,
70,
41,
16,

327
001
517
903

Percent

100
22
43
25
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Education

Bookkeepers

1 Total numbers reported are based on the full census count; all other numbers are based on a 20-percent sample.
* Percents do not add to total due to rounding.
Source; U. S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 1950 Census of Population. (Estimated from unpublished data.)

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nearly equal than for the men and women accountants. However, it
may be noted that the men bookkeepers held a slight lead over the
women in college attainment: 35 percent of the men had acquired 1
or more years of college in contrast to 21 percent of the women, and
10 percent of the men and 5 percent of the women had 4 years or more
of college.
The differences noted between men and women when grouped by
the amount of schooling are not surprising. Both as bookkeepers in
the minority, and as accountants in the majority, men have been en­
couraged to advance by tradition and economic responsibility. Fur­
thermore, the disparities in educational attainment between men and
women do not measure differences in group capacity nor individual
aptitude. They harre been included mainly as a matter of historical
interest. The next generation of women accountants may be able,
looking back at 1950, to see a remarkable professional advance quali­
tatively, as well as in numbers.
III. WOMEN ACCOUNTANTS AT WORK

How Many Women in Professional Jobs?
An estimate of the number of women accountants who might be
classified as professional in the 1950’s can be only a rough guess. It
is known that the number of women who reported themselves, or who
were reported by their households, as accountants and auditors in the
1950 census was 55,660. This represented 15 percent of all accountants.
Several problems confront the estimator. It is not possible to make
a clear-cut distinction between “professional” and “subprofessional”
accountants because accounting job requirements have not been stand­
ardized except for the CPA, and even CPA requirements vary some­
what between States. Another obstacle is the scarcity of information
about employed accountants.
Nevertheless, one way to arrive at a good guess of the number of
women professional accountants is to make some adjustments in the
1950 census report on the basis of the information available and by
applying some standards for the professional accountant.
Table 3 shows selected education-and-age groups for men and
women classified as accountants and auditors in 1950.
Considering the trend among employers toward requiring college
graduation, a CPA license or several years of college plus diversified
and high-level work experience for accountant positions, the profes­
sional status of persons in groups 3, 4, and 5, may be regarded as open
to considerable question. Almost certainly, those persons in group 5
who were under 20 years old and did not finish high school were not

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Table 3.—Estimate of number of employed women and men classified as accountants and
auditors, by selected age and education groups: 1950

Women

Men

Age and education
Number

Total number reported as em­
ployed 1 _ __ ______ .

Percent

55, 660

100

320, 799

100

14

113, 804

36

20

77, 397

24

3

7, 703

2

46

84, 860

26

17

37, 035

12

Group 1: Number 20 years of age and
over with 4 or more years of college-- 7, 601
Group 2: Number 25 years of age and
over with 1 to 3 years of college
11, 216
Group 3: Number 20 to 24 years of age
with 1 to 3 years of college__
1, 555
Group 4: Number 20 years of age and
over with 4 years of high school. ...
25, 811
Group 5: Number 14 to 19 years of
age (3,607) or with less than 4 years
of high school (42,905). - __ .
9, 477

Number

Percent

1 Total numbers reported (55,660 women, 320,799 men) are based on the full census count; all other num­
bers are based on a 20-percent sample.
Source: U. S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 1950 Census of Population. (Unpub­
lished data.)

professional accountants. Some of tlie men and women in group 4
may have been closer to the professional requirements than some in
3 and 5. Among the men, especially, there may have been some past
middle age who had acquired some basic academic training and a
diversified work experience at professionally higher levels. But no
information is available on the age distribution of the group members
nor on their employment history. On the whole, it seems probable
that, of the five groups, those in the first two are more likely to meet
professional standards than the others.
If groups 3, 4, and 5 are omitted, the number of women accountants
and auditors is reduced about 66 percent to a rough estimate of 19,000
who, if not all fully qualified to meet professional standards today,
might be considered as including both professional accountants and
high-level bookkeepers. By omitting the comparable groups of men,
their number would be reduced 40 percent to a total of 191,000. These
adjusted estimates would place women accountants at 10 percent of
the total, rather than 15 percent.
It should be kept in mind that these estimates are speculative and
depend on the arbitrary application of trends in educational prepara­
tion and hiring applied to large groups of loosely classified persons.
There can be little doubt about the men and women in group 5: be­
cause of their youthful character and limited education a majority of
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them were more likely to have been accounting clerks rather than fullfledged bookkeepers; certainly they were not professional accountants.
On the other hand, there may have been a few persons in groups
3 and 4 who deserve consideration as professional accountants. Some
of those in group 4 may have worked into professional jobs through
15 or 20 years of experience and self-education; and some in group
3 may have passed the CPA examination with 2 or 3 years of college
and home study. There could not have been very many, however.
Work patterns of women accountants, in particular, indicate their
continuing efforts, even during employment, to obtain a full 4 years
of college-level training, if they plan to stay in the field. Experienced
women are generally well aware of their need to obtain as much educa­
tion as possible in order to equalize competition for jobs with men.
To get at the “hard core” estimate of professionally qualified women
accountants, the estimator might apply current requirements more
closely by eliminating all persons classified as accountants except those
in group 1 and adding possibly 2,000 more who may have reached pro­
fessional levels since 1950. This would bring the estimate to some­
thing under 10,000 women. (Because of the differences between men
and women in work patterns, probably the same standards should not
be applied to men.)
In summary, there appears to be a choice between accepting a top
estimate of 19,000 and a low estimate of 10,000 or less for qualified
women professional accountants. Not until accounting job require­
ments are standardized will it be possible to arrive at the “hard core”
count.

Two Professional Women’s Societies
So far as can be determined, women are admitted to full member­
ship in all of the professional accounting organizations. (See ap­
pendix 2 for selected list.) There are two organizations, formed in
the 1930’s, which consist exclusively of women.
In order to advance the professional interests of women certified
public accountants, the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public
Accountants was formed in 1933. Membership is limited to women
certified public accountants throughout the United States and its
Territories. As of June 1954 the society had 307 members.
In 1938, the AWSCPA organized an affiliate, the American Society
of Women Accountants which offers “membership for those women
who are actively engaged in any phase of accounting, who are in­
structors of students of accounting, or who otherwise have a substan­
tial interest in accounting.”
The two societies issue jointly The Woman 0. P. A., a bimonthly
publication.

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Women CPA’s may belong to both societies but must become
members of AWSCPA before joining ASWA.

Survey of Women Accountants in 1954
In order to learn more about the personal characteristics and em­
ployment of women accountants, a survey was made by the Women’s
Bureau in 1954 in cooperation with the American Woman’s Society of
Certified Public Accountants and the American Society of Women
Accountants.
About 2,500 questionnaires were sent out to the members of
AWSCPA and ASWA. Replies were received from slightly more
than 1,000 members, of whom one out of five was a certified public
accountant.
Results of the survey follow.
Age
The median age of all accountants in the survey was 44 years.
CPA’s as a group were 6 years younger than the noncertified account­
ants in the survey, or 39 years compared with 45 years.
Marital status and children
A little over half of all the women accountants were single; 28 per­
cent were married; 20 percent were widowed, divorced, or separated.
Among the CPA’s, 60 percent were single and about 30 percent were
married; the other 10 percent were widowed, divorced, or separated.
Of all the women who were, or who had been, married, only onefifth had children under 18 years of age; and one out of three of these
mothers had children under 6.
Education
About three-fourths of the entire group reporting in the survey had
attended college, and close to one-third were college graduates.
Ninety-five percent of the CPA’s and 68 percent of the noncertified
accountants had attended college. Graduate work was reported for
10 percent of the entire group and for 25 percent of the CPA’s. At
the other end of the educational scale, 6.7 percent of all the accountants
surveyed reported less than 4 years of high school.
Certification
A majority of CPA’s had acquired their certificates since 1946.
About 30 percent of them were certified between 1946 and 1949, and
some 40 percent were certified in 1950 or later. Illinois, New York,
California, Texas, Ohio, Maryland, Washington, New Jersey, and
Michigan accounted for over two-thirds of the women CPA’s.

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Type of employment
About 14 percent of the women covered by the survey were selfemployed, most of them as accountants and auditors.
The great majority (86 percent) of the CPA’s were employed as
accountants, auditors, or controllers, whereas only slightly more than
half of the non-CPA’s were employed in such jobs. More than onefourth of the non-CPA’s were employed as bookkeepers or head book­
keepers, but only 3 percent of the CPA’s were so employed.
Three major industry groups accounted for two-thirds of the em­
ployment of women accountants in the survey: (1) public accounting,
in which 25 percent of the women were employed; (2) manufacturing,
and (3) wholesale and retail trade, each with about 20 percent of the
women accountants in the survey.
In the public accounting field, 7 out of 10 of the women identified
themselves as “accountants,” while in other industries a variety of
titles, including “bookkeeper,” were used.
Salaries
The median salary of noncertified accountants included in the sur­
vey was $4,526; of CPA accountants, $6,185.
Among CPA accountants the lowest median salary ($5,500) was
found in the field of finance, insurance, and real estate, but this field
accounted for less than 5 percent of all CPA’s in the survey. The
lowest salaried group among CPA’s earned about $500 more per year
than the highest salaried group among noncertified accountants. In
the latter group, women employed in manufacturing had the highest
median salaries, and those in wholesale and retail trade, the lowest.
The CPA’s who were employed in relatively large firms (with 500
or more employees) had the highest median salaries ($6,750 per year),
Among non-CPA’s, however, median salaries were highest in smaller
firms employing between 100 and 200 persons.
Summing up—
Based on the survey findings of this sample of 1,000 from the two
women’s professional accounting societies, the “typical” member was
apt to be: over 40, unmarried, and earning almost $5,000 a year as an
auditor, controller, or accountant. She was most likely to be work­
ing in manufacturing, merchandising, or for a public accounting firm,
and she had probably attended college.
When the certified public accountants were singled out, it was noted
that the “typical” CPA member was just on the edge of 40 and more
likely than her noncertified colleague to be single. She had almost
certainly gone to college, and more of her number had graduated from
college or had taken graduate work than those who were not certified.

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Finally, the CPA woman member was likely to be earning about
$1,500 more a year than her noncertified associates.
Whether the CPA’s were better satisfied with their jobs than the
noncertified members was not determined. In terms of financial re­
wards, however, their education was “paying off'.”
IV. WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME AN ACCOUNTANT

First Steps
A practical first step for the young woman who is interested in an
accounting career is to find out all she can about the job and do some
reckoning in her own personal ledger. This report has attempted to
set forth some of the particular questions raised about accounting as a
career for women, but there is much more to read about the job and
what it is like. (See reference list, appendix 3).
Counselors, teachers and parents may help to answer some of the
questions about personal traits that are usually considered important
for accounting work. They include: feeling “at home” with arith­
metic, and average or better scores in school for arithmetic subjects;
an interest in problem-solving of all kinds (possibly shown in a liking
for puzzles); a willingness to take responsibility and make decisions,
a well-developed ethical sense; neat habits of work and a sense of satis­
faction in bringing order and organization to a mass of detail; an
ability to work under pressure without getting unduly nervous (such
as taking examinations “in stride” or enjoying competitive sports) ;
dependability and perseverance.
The young girl who elects to enter the field of professional account­
ing will, of course, carefully examine both sides of the ledger.
The assets that she will derive consist of her identification with a
highly regarded profession; the opportunity to gain varied experience
in serving a number of clients; a chance to travel in some jobs; a pos­
sibility that through her efforts and value to a firm she may work into
an executive position. If she becomes a certified public accountant,
or opens her own business, she will have a considerable amount of in­
dependence. She will know the satisfactions that come of doing work
that is not routine; of being consulted on questions that are challeng­
ing; of solving complex financial matters. She will be recognized as
a responsible citizen in the community, for she will often do work that
has an impact on the public welfare and interest. She will have rea­
sonable security and adequate compensation.
There are liabilities: the work is not easy. It requires long periods
of hard, sometimes tedious, work involving constant devotion and
alertness to problems; and there is a need for continuing study and re-

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Figure 3.—Work Surroundings Vary for Accountants.

Usually, accountants work in quiet, comfortable offices of their own.
Sometimes, however, particularly when assigned to inventory or cost records,
the accountant may work in a busy and crowded section of the warehouse
or in the maferials-control department of a large factory.

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search. The hours will often be uncertain. There is likely to be
overtime work during peak seasons. Occasional travel may interfere
with personal plans. It will never be the kind of job that becomes
easier at higher levels of professional achievement.
As a guide to the uncertain, there are aptitude tests for the inex­
perienced and achievement tests for students or employees at vary­
ing levels of experience in accounting work. Tests in themselves do
not provide the absolute “yes” or “no” to a career choice, but they
have been found very helpful to persons who might be in doubt about
their qualifications.

Aptitude and Achievement Tests
The American Institute of Accountants has developed tests that may
be administered at the high-school, college, and professional levels.
These have been used by many educational institutions and account­
ing employers to appraise students, job applicants, and on-the-job
employees for aptitudes in accounting study and work, knowledge of
accounting procedures and principles, and vocational interests. From
1946, when the college testing program was started, until 1954, over
235,000 tests had been given in about 400 universities and colleges.
The high-school testing program, however, was not started until
the fall of 1953. The tests can be given to seniors or juniors and
do not require that the students who take them have a knowledge of
bookkeeping or accounting. Three tests are included in the program.
The Orientation Test consists of three parts—business and general
vocabulary, arithmetic problems in the field of business, and account­
ing problems. It is used as a measurement of students’ general apti­
tude to solve business problems. Others, known as the Kuder Pref­
erence Record-Vocational Tests, are used to measure broad fields of
interest and personal inclinations in various occupational situations.
At any point during collegiate education, the Strong Vocational
Interest Blank may be used. This test shows whether the student
has the same pattern of interests that successful CPA’s have. In
addition, two achievement tests are used for students who have already
completed some accounting work in college. A Level I Achievement
Test is given after 1 year of accounting study. The score received
on this test may help the student decide whether he has enough pro­
ficiency in the subject to continue concentrating on accounting in
his college work. The Level II Achievement Test, given toward the
end of the senior year, indicates the knowledge of accounting that has
been acquired.
The Orientation Test given in colleges is more advanced than that
given in the high-school program, but aims, similarly, to disclose
the aptitude a student has to solve problems in business situations.

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Scores made on the Orientation Test are only moderately affected
by the student’s experience in accounting work.
Many accounting employers who wish some assurance that young
people applying for jobs will make good workers, or who want to
know how much proficiency their staff members have acquired in
order to determine if they should be promoted, use tests developed
by the American Institute of Accountants for this purpose. If em­
ployers have the facilities, they may administer the tests in their own
offices. Others may arrange to use testing centers established by the
institute in a number of locations throughout the country. AIA
testing centers have certified examiners and the supplies necessary
for the administration of the tests.
Either the school or the employer pays for the services of admin­
istering and scoring aptitude or achievement tests. Individuals and
groups pay a nominal fee if they take the tests at institute centers or by
special arrangement through a school.
In some cities, the student, through a school counselor, may have
access to a State Employment Service where arrangements can be
made for a series of tests known as the General Aptitude Test Battery
(GATE). These are given free, as a public service, and some high
schools have provided for their senior students who are undecided
about careers to take the GATB in groups.
The GATB is not designed to test specifically for accounting, but
to give some report of a student’s range of vocational aptitudes, in­
cluding accounting.

What Kind of Education?
For an accounting career, the American Institute of Accountants
recommends a full 4-year college course, leading to a bachelor’s de­
gree with a major in accounting. A considerable number of suc­
cessfully employed accountants who were interviewed by the Women’s
Bureau in 1955 supported this view.
Relatively few women are entering the accounting field through the
4-year college course. In the school year of 1953-54, only 440 women
in the United States received the bachelor’s degree with an account­
ing major, in contrast to 7,021 men. Although the number of women
had increased by well over 100 compared with the previous year, there
is room for many more.
For women who cannot attend college for the full 4 years, other
educational plans are possible. There are private business and ac­
countancy schools approved by agencies such as the National Associa­
tion and Council of Business Schools, or which are members of the
American Association of Professional Schools of Accountancy. A
number of these schools provide concentrated technical training in

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accountancy, related business subjects, and English, in a 1-year day
course (2 years at night) or a 2-year day course (3 years at night).
Some of them award a bachelor’s degree in commercial science for the
2-year day course. Some also give, in addition, a master’s degree for
another full year of work.
•
Students often obtain excellent accelerated training in accountancy
subjects in college-level courses at business and accountancy
schools. However, unless they supplement their studies with cultural
subjects, or have 2 years of liberal arts courses before going to busi­
ness school, their education will be limited to training in technical
proficiency.
Very few junior colleges appear to provide a full accounting course,
although many of them offer accounting subjects in both day and eve­
ning school. (Inquiries may be made at local junior or community
colleges.)
Some universities and colleges with accounting courses add to the
employability of their students by providing them with opportunities
to gain actual work experience while studying. In cooperation with
employers, they conduct internship programs for students who are
willing to spend some time away from the classroom in order to work
at accounting. For the most part, however, the beginning account­
ant gains his actual on-the-job training when he enters employment.
In a small firm, this training may be relatively informal, but in a num­
ber of large firms the beginning accountant will participate in a sys­
tematic company training program.
Although many accountants who have not had college training have
been successful, a college degree is without doubt an asset to those who
wish to advance in the profession. In 1955 two States, New York and
New Jersey, required a bachelor’s degree for the CPA examination.
An increasing number of employers will not even consider applicants
who have not had a college education; they want their accountants to
be well-read, acquainted with civic and social problems, capable of ex­
pressing themselves clearly in speech and writing, and with trained
judgment and analytical ability. Accounting requires imagination,
the ability to think in terms of abstract concepts, and facility of ex­
pression, in addition to technical skill. Such qualities are best de­
veloped through college training.

Preparing for College
As a rule, colleges expect students applying for admission to have
completed a high-school course including 15 or 16 units in specified
subjects. These may include 4 or 5 units of electives, sometimes taken

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from designated courses. Although there are variations in college
entrance requirements, in general, a combination of courses similar to
those in the following list is acceptable for students planning a major
in accounting.2
■
English'-----------------------------------------------------------------------Mathematics
Foreign Language
American History
Social Science
Science
Electives.________________

Units
3 or 4
2
2
1
1
1
4 or 5

Total 15 or 16

College Requirements for Graduation With a Major in
Accounting
A high-school diploma or, in exceptional cases, the equivalent of a
diploma, is the basis for entrance to all colleges. In addition, certain
colleges require applicants to pass general entrance examinations, and
others expect applicants to take scholastic aptitude and achievement
tests. Some colleges permit applicants who lack certain of the required
high-school courses to take make-up examinations.
Following their enrollment, students take the courses, usually given
by the schools of commerce and business administration of the colleges,
that lead to a degree of bachelor of science or bachelor of business ad­
ministration, with a major in accounting. In some colleges the degree
awarded may be that of a bachelor of arts, with a major in accounting.
Institutions differ, too, as to the number of units that must be sat­
isfactorily completed to earn the degree. It would appear, however,
that 128 semester hours of credit are most often required for
graduation.
For the most part, professional courses offered by colleges make
available to the students a general background of information on
public, private, and governmental accounting, which enables them to
take beginners’ jobs in any type of accounting work. Some colleges,
however, clearly divide their curriculum into specializations, and
students attending the institution are trained for either certified
public accounting; commercial or industrial accounting; or cost
accounting.
The American Accounting Association (which has a membership of
nearly 5,000, of whom almost half are teachers and professors of
accounting and the others are in public and private practice) pub­
3 This list represents an estimate, based on a review of the catalogs of seven colleges
that graduated the largest numbers of accounting majors in 1953-54.

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lished a study of collegiate accountancy education in January 1954.
The report recommended that approximately 50 percent of the college
student’s time should be devoted to the study of liberal and cultural
subjects; approximately 25 percent to general business subjects, in­
cluding some related to accounting; and approximately 25 percent
to accounting subjects. In the opinion of the committee that formu­
lated the report, the disparities existing in the programs of the several
hundred institutions providing collegiate accounting instruction
should be reduced; and students should be educated in wide areas of
interests as well as in professional accounting in order to develop
leadership in civic affairs and understanding of social and economic
activities.

Choosing a College
When selecting a college, the student may wish to consider several
important factors. Is the college located in the State in which she
intends to work ? Laws and regulations affecting the accounting pro­
fession vary among States. A student might, therefore, wish to at­
tend a college in the State where she will be taught the legal aspects
she will need to apply to her work. Does the school offer a concen­
tration of courses in a specialization in which she is most interested?
Quite often a decision to specialize in one phase of accounting may not
crystallize until a background of knowledge and experience has been
acquired, but if a girl believes she would prefer to train for a definite
specialization, she might make certain that the college she chooses
can provide that particular training. Does the college offer an in­
ternship program ? Not all schools have this type of program, which
enables a student to acquire practical work experience in conjunction
with her studies. If a girl intends to participate in an internship
program, she might inquire whether there is one at the college she
will attend.
Acceptable collegiate schools of accountancy may be accredited
generally by their respective regional academic associations or may
be members of the American Association of Collegiate Schools of
Business.
In all her preparations for entering college, a student can call upon
her high-school counselor for assistance. Some of her questions might
be readily answered by the counselor; others might require contacts
with colleges to secure the desired information.

Advanced Degrees in Accounting
A number of universities offer a master’s degree in accounting. In
1954, this degree was awarded to 538 students, including 20 women.

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Very few accountants, however, continue with education beyond the
master’s degree. In 1954, only four universities—the University of
Alabama, the University of Illinois, the Ohio State University, and
the University of Texas—awarded the doctor’s degree to 12 men and 1
woman.
Apparently, those who earn the bachelor’s degree are not, for the
most part, interested in continuing their academic studies, believing,
perhaps, that time spent in the actual practice of the profession
would be of greater career advantage than time spent in the study of
advanced theory and the preparation of a thesis.

Private Business and Accountancy Schools
The 1-year day course in a private business school3 enables the
student to take a position as bookkeeper, accounting clerk, bookkeep­
ing-machine operator, or accounting-machine operator.
The 2-year course in a private business or accountancy school
usually includes among its basic subjects accounting theory and prac­
tice, auditing, cost accounting, tax accounting, business law, statistics,
and business English. It does not include any of the liberal arts
subjects given in a 4-year college course, such as advanced English
composition and literature, foreign languages, theoretical mathe­
matics, and social sciences.
Some accountants who are preparing for the CPA examination
attend accountancy schools for refresher training. Others have been
able to enter beginning jobs in accountancy after a 2-year day course.
And a number of employed bookkeepers, secretaries, or others who
look toward an accounting career have attended the commercial schools
at night to help themselves advance on the job.
The National Association and Council of Business Schools approves
1- and 2-year schools which meet its standards on course content, skills
to be attained, size and quality of staff, and equipment used in each
of five basic courses: stenography, secretarial and executive secretarial
training, junior accounting, higher accounting, and business admin­
istration. Of the approximately 1,500 private business schools in
the country today, about 600 have met the membership standards of
the Association. Information about private business schools may be
obtained by writing to the Association at 601 13th Street NW.,
Washington 5, D. C.
For 2-year schools of accountancy, information may be obtained
from the American Association of Professional Schools of Account­
ancy, 1100 16th Street NW., Washington 6, D. C.
3 Called by a variety of designations, e. gbusiness college, commercial or business
school, university of accountancy.

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Correspondence Courses
Some private business schools offer correspondence courses in ac­
counting. A number of universities also have accounting correspond­
ence courses, which they usually call extension courses because they
are offered under their extension divisions.
Correspondence course students receive lessons and assignments
through the mail. They study the material at home and return their
completed homework papers to the school by mail. The papers are
marked and the final grade for the course is based on the marks.
Correspondence courses in accounting may be taken by individuals
who are employed but who wish to increase their knowledge during
their spare time and, as a result, earn more money. Some corpora­
tions recommend that their employees take such courses. College
graduates may take courses to review or supplement their training, or
to prepare for examinations.
Hundreds of high schools in the country have adopted the Benton
Harbor plan,4 under which correspondence courses supervised by
qualified teachers are made available to the students. Under this
plan, correspondence courses are also conducted in junior colleges,
YMCA’s, and evening schools.
However, correspondence courses are becoming less popular with
high-school graduates who in the past took them to qualify for office
work. High schools are offering more and improved commercial
courses, so that graduates need no longer seek this type of training
after completing high school.
Some employers will not hire people who have had only correspond­
ence school training. The Federal Government, in making civil
service appointments, will not recognize credits earned through
correspondence courses.
Before registering for correspondence courses in accounting, it is
advisable for the prospective student to know as much as possible about
the school. The National Home Study Council investigates corre­
spondence schools and approves them on the basis of satisfactory
courses, competent instructors, reasonable tuition fees, and financial
responsibility. Information concerning specific correspondence
schools and their accounting courses may be obtained from the
Council, whose address is 1420 New York Avenue NW„ Washington 5
D. C.
’
The National University Extension Association approves college
extension courses. Its members are mostly State universities, and it is
located at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
Students taking college extension courses are not necessarily re­
quired to have any academic prerequisites, and many are not inter­
4 See appendix 3, item 43.

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ested in earning college credits. However, some of them may at a
future date wish to take a college degree and, if possible, apply credits
for the extension courses toward the degree. They will find that
certain colleges allow a few credits for such courses, and others allow
none. Students may inquire of the National University Extension
Association about colleges that allow credit.

Internship Programs
Both men and women students are participating in what is called
the cooperative program in accounting, which has been developed in
some schools in recent years. Senior students who wish to do so
may serve a period of internship with public accounting firms and
other employers who cooperate with the schools in internship pro­
grams.
Student interns acquire valuable experience while still at school;
they are placed in environments where they have contact with business
people and acquire direct knowledge of practical accounting opera­
tions. This experience may either stimulate their interest in the
profession or may cause them to realize, before they complete their
schooling, that they are in the wrong field. While acting as interns,
the students’ time is divided between performing work assignments
and receiving instruction in accounting from senior accountants or
instructors from outside the firms.
Cooperating firms are pleased to have the help of interns, particu­
larly during rush periods, and frequently oiler permanent positions
to students who have done particularly good work.
By 1953, 30 large educational institutions had been experimenting
with internship programs. However, internship is not compulsory
and most of the institutions have found it difficult to make arrange­
ments for even a majority of their students to take part in the pro­
grams.

Company Training Programs
A number of firms have formalized training programs, usually
conducted by their senior accountants, for newly hired, inexperienced
accounting employees. The periods of training vary among the
companies.
Training materials may include a good accounting text, a handbook,
an audit practice set, pamphlets on taxation, and information releases
of the American Institute of Accountants and of the Securities and
Exchange Commission. New employees are given instructions in
mathematics, auditing procedures, staff and office procedures, taxation,
and the use of business machines. They are also required to analyze

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and solve problems in accounting, under the supervision of the in­
structor. Examinations may be given during the training to deter­
mine the progress of the new employee.
Although company training programs are expensive, they have
been found to reduce the time necessary for new workers to assume
responsible assignments. Small firms cannot afford to adopt such
programs, but they sometimes outline instructions and furnish study
materials for their new employees.
At least one large accounting firm has a program designed to help
new accountants pass the CPA examination. This firm hires college
graduates and gives them practical training that will be useful in
answering the questions on the examination.
Candidates for a firm’s training program are often selected by the
company’s representatives who visit colleges annually to search for
recruits, they look for graduates who are accounting majors or
who have completed a course in business administration, with a “B”
average or better. Candidates are required to take aptitude tests
at the beginning of the training. For 1 year they are given formal
training instruction and, in addition, are tried out in various positions
in the accounting department. If they do satisfactory work, they are
given a permanent appointment at the end of the year.

Requirements for the Certified Public Accountant License
To obtain a CPA license, a candidate must pass a difficult written
examination and meet certain qualifications for education and ex­
perience. The examination provided by the American Institute of
Accountants is uniform in all States. However, the other require­
ments differ among States.
In New V ork and New Jersey, the CPA candidate is required by
law to be a college graduate with an accounting major. Several other
States have such laws under consideration, and there is a general move­
ment among many States to raise educational requirements to college
graduation. However, candidates in most States could meet the edu­
cational requirements for a CPA with high-school graduation in 1955,
provided they had some paid experience in accounting. Because
detailed requirements for the CPA vary and also change from time to
time, candidates must become familiar with the licensing regulations
of the State in which they plan to work.
1 he uniform written examination is generally given in four sec­
tions, and candidates may retain credit for a period of time for the
sections they pass. They may repeat any section in which they fail.
It was reported that in 1 recent year about 90 percent failed on the
first try, but that 60 percent of the candidates passed all four parts
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The four sections of the uniform CPA examination are: auditing,
commercial law, accounting theory, and accounting practice. In a
number of States, candidates are examined for additional subjects such
as economics, taxation, and government accounting.
Although the certification for public accounting was intended for
public accountants, as a means of insuring high-quality services and
unimpeachable ethics, many persons who do not plan to practice public
accounting take the CPA examination and obtain a license. It is a
mark of professional competency and as such, gives career prestige,
especially to women, who often need a “plus” to get started in a field
in which men predominate.
V. THE JOB OUTLOOK

It Looks Good for Women
Opportunities for women are always best in nontraditional occupa­
tions when the demand for new workers is high. The need for ac­
countants was very great during World War II and has continued
high in the years following. Employers, economists, accountancy
experts, and educators agree, in 1955, that job openings for all classes
of accountants, and well-trained professional auditors, public account­
ants, and specialists, in particular, will keep somewhat ahead of the
anticipated supply throughout the 1950’s and beyond.
A number of businessmen have pointed out that they might let some
of their clerks and bookkeepers go when business gets a little slack, but
they need their professional accountants all the more, at such times,
to help them keep “out of the red.”
One source of information on job supply and demand is the Bureau
of Employment Security of the United States Department of Labor.
Each month it publishes lists of jobs for which there is not an adequate
supply of workers. The lists are based on information provided by
State employment agencies. For the calendar year 1954, the occupa­
tion of accountant, or accountant and auditor, appeared in the inven­
tories of the Bureau of Employment Security every month, with the
exception of June—which is a very slow month for accounting work.
The same situation, according to the Bureau of Employment Security,
prevailed during 1953.
The need for well-qualified accountants prompts many industrial
concerns and public accounting firms to send representatives to col­
leges to interview and recruit students about to graduate with good
scholastic records.
Annually for the last 9 years, surveys have been made by Dr. Frank
S. Endicott, Director of Placement, Northwestern University, of the
college recruitment practices of large and medium-sized firms. He
collected data for his most recent—the ninth—survey in November

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1954 from 152 firms, interested in recruits for a number of professions.
Sixty of the surveyed companies reported they wanted to hire 1,028
college accounting graduates for 1955. In the preceding year, 60
surveyed companies had wanted to hire a slightly larger number—
1,058 college graduates. However, these companies had been unable
to hire all the graduates that they wanted during 1954, and possibly
as a result may have made some staffing readjustments.
The significant change in accounting employment for 1955 was in
the fact that industrial recruiters sent to colleges showed a far greater
interest than ever before in hiring women accounting graduates, ac­
cording to Dr. Endicott’s survey. Four companies recruited eight
women graduates in 1954. For 1955, four companies were looking for
203 women accounting graduates.
The president of a well-known school of accountancy in the District
of Columbia was able to speak specifically on the local demand for
women graduates. For some years, the school had been receiving four
or five times as many job offers for women as it had available women
graduates. In April 1955, these offers amounted to as much as six
to eight times the number available.

The Paycheck
According to Dr. Endicott’s ninth survey 80 companies recruiting
personnel reported the average monthly starting salary for account­
ants graduating in 1955 as $332, a slight increase over the $325 paid in
1954. Students with advanced degrees in accounting or business
administration received higher starting salaries, but they were not
included in the survey.
The salary summary was tabulated as follows:
Table 4.

Starting monthly salaries for college accounting graduates reported by 80 companies

Number companies reporting

80______

____

----c-_____________

$251
to
$275
2

$276
to
$300
12

$301
to
$325

24

$326
to
$350

26

$351
to
$375

$376
to
$400
2

Average
starting
salary

$332

_________

Information was also secured in the same survey on the salaries of
accountants after 5 years of experience. Forty-two companies that
had hired 1949 college accounting graduates at an average monthly
salary of $244, reported that these employees were earning, at the date
of the survey (November 1954), an average of $484 monthly—almost
double the amount of their starting salaries.
Several sources have indicated that a professionally trained account­
ant just beginning in 1955 could expect to earn $6,000 (or $500 a
month) 5 years later.

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Employment Opportunities for Women

Private accounting firms usually pay the beginner a little more than
public accounting. The public accountant has to learn a greater
variety of skills and needs more time before he is fully productive than
the accountant who works for one company. Eventually, the public
accountant's salary is likely to exceed that of the accountant working
for a single company. If an accountant becomes a pai'tner in a firm,
or starts his own firm, he may eventually earn an annual income rang­
ing from $10,000 to $25,000.
In the Federal Government, starting salaries for accountants and
auditors range from $3,410 to $10,800 a year (GS-5 through GS-15),
depending on the requirements of the job and the grade for which an
applicant is qualified by education and experience.

Where Are the Job Opportunities?
The great majority of certified public accountants work in metro­
politan areas or in manufacturing centers in the most densely popu­
lated States. New York State alone employed 28 percent of all CPA’s
in 1950. Pennsylvania, Illinois, and California accounted for 22 per­
cent more, and a large number of the remaining half were distributed
among the following States: Texas, New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan,
Massachusetts, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Maryland.
All States, however, provide opportunities for public and private
accountants wherever business is located, although industrial and
financial centers have the largest number of job openings. For women
who wish to work and live in small communities there are accounting
and auditing jobs in universities, public schools, government agencies,
hospitals, and other institutions, as well as in retail stores.
Today’s business and tax regulations require even the small store­
keeper to employ the services of an accountant from time to time, and
a substantial income can be earned by any woman accountant who
wants to go into business for herself by starting with a group of small
clients in a community where accounting services are not easy to obtain.
New opportunities for women accountants exist today in many
southern States which have expanded industrially since World War II
and which are continuing steadily to increase their production and
volume of business in many different fields of activity.

Advancement on fhe Job
Public and private accounting differ in the kinds of opportunities
they present for advancement on the job. Differences also exist ac­
cording to the size of the company and the character of the business.
In public accounting, the job levels have been fairly well established
as “junior,” “semi-senior,” and “senior.” The beginner is a junior
accountant and does relatively routine work while learning, both

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through the regular duties and through the company’s training pro­
gram. If the company does not have a formal training program, the.
junior is usually expected to continue training through home study.
After 2 or 3 years, a junior may advance to a semi-senior job where the
responsibility is much greater and there is more leeway for making
decisions. In several more years, the senior level may be achieved!
.The senior accountant is usually regarded as a top-level member of
the firm and participates in financial policy and in helping manage­
ment to make decisions.
In private accounting work, the lines of advancement are not so
well established. In a company with a large accounting division or
several accounting sections, the college graduate accountant may start
out in a bookkeeping job, or even as an accounting clerk. Usually,
however, this is for orientation purposes and, if qualified, the account­
ant should be able to move along quickly. Sometimes a year is spent
by the beginning accountant in routine jobs in many different branches
or sections of a company to learn the business. As a result, also,
the firm can decide upon the best place for the employee and the next
step upward. The advance may be into specialized work, like budget,
cost or tax accounting, or into staff work at the management level
or in the office of the general controller (whose job is usually the top
accounting post in a company). From an assistant on the controller’s
staff the accountant may move into a controller’s job or into an
executive position requiring both accounting and administrative
training.
In a small firm the novice accountant may be assigned as book­
keeper or head bookkeeper and in that position obtain a great variety
of experience. An opportunity is also offered, in a small business,
to work closely with the owner or general manager. For. this kind
of job, considerable responsibility and detail are often involved.
The beginner’s salary in a small firm is frequently larger than in a
large company. Promotion from head bookkeeper may be to con­
troller or general manager, in time; or it may be an increase in salary
and assisting staff as the volume of business expands.

Part-Time Work
Fortunately for women accountants with homemaking responsibil­
ities, many business establishments rely upon part-time auditors for
periodic check-up and financial reports. A great deal of tax account­
ing is also seasonal or part time. If a woman’s career is interrupted
temporarily, she may keep in touch with the profession and add to
her income through part-time employment on an hourly, daily, or
seasonal basis.

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Employment Opportunities for Women

Maturity Can Be an Advantage
Another factor which is to women’s advantage in accounting is
maturity. Employers who are usually looking for judgment and
experience in their accountants are not apt to eliminate the woman
applicant who is over 40.
Some

Observations for Women Looking Toward a Career

It is often helpful for students to talk with people who are suc­
cessfully employed to find out what their job duties are, how they
like their work, and what kinds of advice they would give to young
people about training and other career matters. The Women’s Bureau
staff in 1955 interviewed a number of women accountants on the job
with this in view. The talks were informal, but all followed the same
broad outline: the job itself and how it was obtained; education and
training; what it is like to work as a woman in this field; and what
suggestions might be given to young women who are considering
accountancy as a career.
Business activities represented by the women accountants who
were interviewed are: commonications; public accounting; banking;
merchandising; and real estate. All of the women were employed
in large metropolitan areas. A few were in business for themselves,
and one was in a partnership with her husband. The majority were
between 35 and 45. Half of the remainder were over 45 and half
younger than 35.
The women accountants interviewed by Women’s Bureau staff were
selected at random. They may not constitute a representative group.
Nevertheless, the similarities of their observations on many questions
were remarkable; and their professional career histories were paral­
lel. All had entered the profession through a period of try-out in
business which stimulated them to take professional training on
a part-time basis, while employed. They had begun work as secre­
taries, bookkeepers, or accounting clerks, and earned their profes­
sional status in what they considered “the hard way.” Their par­
ticular concern for the next decade of women accountants was (1)
that they make their career choice as early as possible, while still in
high school; and, as a consequence, (2) that they plan the preparatory
period on a sound and practical basis.
With few exceptions, the women accountants stressed the advantages
of a 4-year college education and recommended the basic liberal arts
course with a major in accounting, although most of them had not
followed this plan. A few were in favor of as much technical training
in accounting as it would be possible to obtain in preparatory edu­
cation, especially if the trainee was planning to take a CPA exam­

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ination. All volunteered the advice that proficiency in English
grammar and composition were indispensable tools for the profes­
sional accountant in the preparation of reports and verbal communi­
cations on the job—as well as for the CPA examination which requires
a substantial number of answers in expository or essay form.
More than half of the women questioned thought that women might
find it an advantage to become certified public accountants, whether
they entered public or private work. This observation related to the
almost unanimous opinion of those interviewed that women, to achieve
professional recognition in competition with men, must demonstrate
achievement or ability above the average for accountants.

Appendix 1
Occupational Definitions
Selected Occupational Definitions in the Accounting and Bookkeeping Field
(Excerpted from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, Part I, published by the
U. S. Department of Labor, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1949).
Note : Job titles printed in bold face type are sometimes used as alternates to the major
title. The number which appears after each title is the code number used by the Dictionary
system in Part II.

Positions Classified as Professional
ACCOUNTANT, GENERAL (profess. & kin.) 0-01.20. accountant, office. De­
vises, installs, and supervises operation of general-accounting, budget, and cost
systems: Supervises subordinates engaged in maintenance of accounts and rec­
ords. Balances books periodically, and prepares statements for administrative
officers, showing items, such as receipts, disbursements, expenses, and profit and
loss. Prepares Federal, State, or local tax returns. Interprets accounts and
records for administrative officers. May be designated according to type of
accounting performed, as accountant, revenue; accountant, royalties.
ACCOUNTANT, BUDGET (profess. & kin.) 0-01.50. budget engineer. Reviews
expenditures of requisitioning departments of a firm or other institution to
insure that expenses remain within budget limits: Maintains records of ex­
penses, inventories, and budget balances. Audits vouchers and expense accounts.
Interprets accounts and records for management when budgets are drafted for
new fiscal period. May devise and install budget control systems. May work
independently or supervise others in performing routine phases of operations.
ACCOUNTANT, COST (profess. & kin.) 0-01.10. cost analyzer. Devises, installs,
or controls systems for determining unit costs of products or services: Analyzes
cost records, such as raw-material purchases, payrolls, and machinery-deprecia­
tion data, to ascertain distribution of costs for various divisions of management
and production. Classifies labor, material, and overhead costs to compute unit
cost of product or service. Records cost data for use of management in con­
trolling expenditures. May work independently or supervise others in perform­
ing routine phases of operations. May be designated according to type of estab­
lishment in which work is performed, as cost accountant, government; cost
accountant, plant; cost accountant, storehouse.
ACCOUNTANT, PUBLIC (profess. & kin.) 0-01.30. Performs a variety of ac­
countancy services either on a fee basis or as a member of an accountancy firm :
Audits bookkeeping accounts and records. Prepares and certifies financial state­
ments for presentation to executives, boards of directors, stockholders, or regu­
latory public bodies. Devises and installs accounting, filing, and bookkeeping
systems. Conducts financial investigations in matters such as suspected fraud,
royalty-payment disputes, insolvency, bankruptcy, and breach of contract. Pre­
pares or reviews tax returns, or contests claims before tax officials. Assists in
formulating budget policies and procedures. May act as a liquidating trustee

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Employment Opportunities for Women

in dissolution proceedings, or as an advocate, arbitrator, or umpire in contro­
versies involving accountants and clients. May furnisli testimony in court and
arbitration cases. May work independently, or supervise others in performing
routine phases of operations. Usually has satisfied State accountancy require­
ments.
ACCOUNTANT, TAX (profess. & kin.) O f) 1.40. Prepares Federal, State, or
local tax returns of an individual, business, or corporation: Examines accounts
and records and computes returns according to prescribed rates, laws, and regu­
lations. May conduct research to determine effects of taxes on business opera­
tions, recommending alternative methods of operation to reduce tax liabilities.
May compute accrued taxes for preparation of financial statements. May devise
and install tax record systems. May specialize in a particular phase of tax
accounting, such as individual income, property, corporation, unemployment
compensation, or social security. May work independently, or supervise others
in performing routine phases of operations.
ACCOUNTING SYSTEM EXPERT (profess. & kin.) 0-01.70. Devises and in­
stalls general-accounting and cost systems in organizations that cannot readily
use a standardized system : Conducts survey of operations to ascertain needs and
peculiarities of establishment. Sets up suitable classification of accounts and
office procedures, devising new forms to meet special problems. Secures efficient
distribution of mechanical aids, such as calculators, adding machines, tabulators,
and bookkeeping machines. Prepares accounting manuals to facilitate opera­
tion of system. May work independently, or supervise others in performing
routine phases of operations.
AUDITOR (profess. & kin.) 0-01-60. Examines and vouches for the accuracy
and completeness of bookkeeping records of an establishment: Inspects items in
books of original entry, such as the daybook or journal, to insure proper record­
ing of transactions. Reviews postings to verify transfer of journal entries to
the ledger. Counts cash on hand, and checks amount with bank balance. In­
spects and verifies notes receivable and payable, and negotiable securities. Ex­
amines canceled checks to authenticate amounts, signatures, cancellations, and
dates of entry into cash book. Verifies journal and ledger entries for cash
payments, purchases, expenses, and trial balances. Examines and authenticates
inventory items. Checks arithmetic totals for accuracy. May prepare financial
statements for client, such as profit-and-loss statements and balance sheets.
May prepare detailed reports, showing items such as operating costs, total assets,
liabilities, volume of sales, net profits, and depreciation costs. May work
independently or supervise others in performing routine phases of audit.
Positions Classified as Clerical
BOOKKEEPER (clerical) II. 1-01.02. general •bookkeeper. Keeps complete
and systematic set of records of business transactions of establishment, examin­
ing and recording transactions in record books and on forms: Balances books
and compiles reports at regular intervals to show receipts, expenditures, accounts
payable, accounts receivable, profit or loss, and many other items pertinent to
the operation of a business. Calculates wages of employees from plant records
or time cards, and makes up checks or draws cash from bank for payment of
wages. May prepare, type, and mail monthly statements to customers. May
perform other duties, such as taking telephone orders and making bank deposits.
May operate adding machine or calculating machine. May take and transcribe
dictation.

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BOOKKEEPER (clerical) III. 1-01.03. Keeps record of and works with
only one phase or section of a complete set of records pertaining to business
transactions, such as the accounts-receivable or the accounts-payable section,
performing duties as in Bookkeeper II. May be designated according to section
of records kept, as Accounts-Payabie Bookkeeper; Accounts-Receivable Book­
keeper ; Christmas-Club Bookkeeper; Circulation Bookkeeper; Classified-Adver­
tising Bookkeeper ; Discount Bookkeeper ; Display-Advertising Bookkeeper; In­
terest-Accrual Bookkeeper; Investment-Bonds Bookkeeper; Safe-Deposit-Box
Bookkeeper; Savings Bookkeeper; Trust Bookkeeper.
ACCOUNTING CLERK (clerical) 1-01.31. Performs routine calculating, typing,
and posting duties in accounting: Checks items on reports, summarizing and
posting data to designated books. Performs a variety of other clerical duties,
such as making up invoices or monthly statements, preparing payrolls, verifying
bank accounts, keeping record files, making rtp periodic report of business activi­
ties, and listing and checking details as instructed. May operate calculating
machine or adding machine.
AUDIT CLERK (clerical) 1-01.32. auditing clerk. Checks and verifies figui-es,
calculations, and postings pertaining to various transactions that have been
recorded and submitted by other clerical workers: Corrects small errors and
lists all others that are to be adjusted. May make up totals or balances for
individual items or amounts shown on reports. Usually confined to examining
one class of records and designated according to type of records checked, as
Cash-Sales-Auditing Clerk; Charge-Accounts-Audit Clerk; C.O.D. Audit Clerk.
May operate an adding machine or a calculating machine.
POSTING CLERK (clerical) 1-01.43. entry clerk; poster; transcribing clerk.
Records details of business transactions in ledgers or on special forms as in­
structed, transferring the entries from one accounting record to another as
necessary. May make simple calculations in totaling the accounts or computing
extensions. May operate an adding machine and a calculating machine.
BOOKKEEPING-MACHINE OPERATOR (clerical) I. 1-02.01. account clerk;
accounting-machine operator; bookkeeper; bookkeeper, machine; poster; poster,
machine; posting-machine operator; recording clerk. Keeps set of records
of business transactions, using bookkeeping machine: Places selected bookkeep­
ing form on flat writing surface of machine and sets carriage. Depresses keys
to type on sheet desired data, such as name, address, items purchased or sold,
and services rendered, and to calculate totals, net amounts, and other items,
recording final computations on the form. Performs related clerical duties.
May make up bills, invoices, and statements on billing machine.
POSTING-MACHINE OPERATOR (clerical) II. 1-02.04. poster; poster, ma­
chine. Records numerical details of transactions in record books and on special
forms, using a machine similar to a bookkeeping machine except that it is
equipped only with numerical keys, no descriptive material being written in the
records: Places record form in writing position on machine, and presses keys
to type numerical records and to perform necessary calculations, the final
computations usually being recorded directly on the record form.

Appendix 2
Sources of Additional Information
Professional societies (selected) :1
American Institute of Accountants
270 Madison Ave.
New York 16, N. Y.
American Society of Women Accountants
327 South LaSalle St.
Chicago 4, 111.
American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants
327 South LaSalle St.
Chicago 4, 111.
Controllers Institute of America
1 E. 42d St.
New York 17, N. Y.
The Institute of Internal Auditors
120 Wall St.
New York 5, N. Y.
National Association of Cost Accountants
505 Park Ave.
New York 22, N. Y.
National Society of Public Accountants
1012 Fourteenth St., NW.
Washington, D. C.
School associations:
American Association of Professional Schools of Accountancy
1100 Sixteenth St., NW.
Washington, D. C.
American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business
101 North Skinker Road
Station Number 24
St. Louis 5, Mo.
National Association and Council of Business Schools
601 Thirteenth St., NW.
Washington 5, D. C.
National Home Study Council
1420 New York Ave., NW.
Washington 5, D. C.
National University Extension Association
Bloomington, Ind.
1 In addition to the societies listed, there are a number of others that specialize in nar
rower accounting fields or that operate on a local area level.

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Published information on scholarships:
Refer to bulletin issued by the Department of Health, Education, and
Welfare, Office of Education, Scholarships and Fellowships Available at
Institutions of Higher Education. Bulletin 1951, No. 16. 1951.
Sometimes civic and community groups and women’s organizations provide
scholarship assistance to young women who are interested in professional
career training. Consult with your high-school counselor for possible
additional sources of information in your community.
Information on; Federal civil-service positions;
The U. S. Civil Service Commission publishes announcements of examina­
tions for accounting positions in various Federal agencies. In general,
specific background experience and training requirements vary among the
Federal agencies, depending upon the functions of the agencies. Nonethe­
less, the young person who applies for the lower grade positions is expected
to have had 3 years of general accounting experience. As a substitute for
this general experience, the candidate may offer a CPA certificate, or for
each 9 months of experience, either 1 year of accounting education above the
high-school level or 1 year of teaching accounting subjects above the highscliool level. To qualify for higher grade positions, candidates must have
additional experience in specified types of accounting work.
Announcements of accounting examinations may be secured by writing or apply­
ing to the U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C., to civil-service
regional offices, local post offices, and local State employment offices.

Appendix 3
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2. American Institute of Accountants. Accounting may be the right field for you.
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;1. ---------. The accounting testing program of the American Institute of Ac­
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I. ------- . New survey reveals hiring intentions of major accounting employ­
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5 -------- . Accounting at the half century mark—Editorial. Journal of Ac­
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16 pp.
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8. American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants. Yearbook 1954­
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9. -------- . To be or not to be a certified public accountant.. New York, N. Y.,
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10. Ankers, Raymond G. Institute’s vocational tests aid in hiring and promoting
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16. ----- . Growing opportunities of the accounting profession. Woman C. P. A.,
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20. Dise, Joseph C. How to conduct training programs for new staff assistants.
Journal of Accountancy, Aug. 1950, pp. 132-135.

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28. Escarraz, Violet. Accounting as seen by the student. Woman C. P. .4., Feb.
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24. Finney, H. A., and Herbert E. Miller. Principles of accounting. Introduc­
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28. Jamie, Wallace. A report on current recruitment trends . . . with some ran­
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31. Kane, Robert L., Jr. What kind of accounting job to take: Ten answers
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82. -------- . New study reveals reasons for failure to pass uniform CPA exam­
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33. -------- . Accounting internship gives student job-finding, job-training expe­
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34. Kelly, Lincoln G. The value to the individual professional man of strict
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