Accountants Need Skills, But Which Ones? A Conversation With BYU Professor David Wood

This past year, the skills of accountants (or lack thereof) have been a topic of intense debate. Employers of all kinds lament that the talent pool is lacking in several areas. Skills such as leadership, critical thinking, communication, are all in-demand as are science, technology, engineering and math. Not to mention the fact that most accounting curriculums neglect areas most common within corporate accounting: forecasting, analysis, budgeting, and the like.

This past summer, I wrote a post reacting to a question of whether accountants should learn how to code. Around that time, I started exchanging emails with BYU Associate Professor and Glen Ardis Fellow David Wood about coding as a skill amongst the laundry list of skills employers seem to want from accountants these days. There was a lot of interesting back and forth that I thought was worth having out in the open and Professor Wood agreed to discuss it here.

Latest Accounting Jobs--Apply Now:

Have something to add to this story? Give us a shout by email, Twitter, or text/call the tipline at 202-505-8885. As always, all tips are anonymous.

Comments are closed.

Related articles

job

Making Remote Work: June’s Hottest Remote Accounting Jobs

Looking for a truly remote accounting job—one that doesn’t transform into an in-office grind after a few months?  Accountingfly is the answer to your “never commute again/never wear suit pants again” prayer–their core business is placing candidates in 100% permanently remote accounting jobs.  Whether you’re looking for a permanent position or a freelance/temp gig, check […]

It Doesn’t Take Much to Keep Moss Adams Interns Happy

All it takes, apparently, is to keep them hydrated. Latest Accounting Jobs–Apply Now: Tax Manager- Focused on C Corp and Investment Based Clients [Chicago, IL] Chicago, IL Posted 3 hours ago Tax Manager – State & Local Tax (Income) Chicago, IL Posted 3 hours ago National Tax Director — Tax Controversy San Francisco, CA Posted […]