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Klostermeier Provides High School Students With Inside Scoop About One of Today’s Best Career Opportunities


During the last several years, as career opportunities for Certified Public Accountants have expanded dramatically, accounting has become one of the fastest growing majors in American colleges and universities. That’s what students at Whippany Park High School discovered Nov. 13 when Janice Klostermeier, CPA, FACHE, MHA, executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer for Emergency Medical Associates, visited to discuss the exciting, well-paying career opportunities that are available to students who study accounting.

Klostermeier holds a bachelor’s degree of business administration in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington and has been a certified public accountant since 1989. She is licensed as a CPA in New Jersey, New York and Texas. Her employer, Emergency Medical Associates, provides emergency department management services to about 25 percent of the hospitals in New Jersey.

The presentation was part of the statewide Pay It Forward campaign initiated by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA) to alert students to the rewarding career opportunities available to those who pursue an accounting degree. This fall, more than 160 CPAs are headed back to the classroom to discuss careers in accounting with nearly 10,000 high school students. As working professionals, these NJSCPA members are able to give students a realistic picture of what it takes to succeed in accounting and the rewards accounting professionals can expect.

Even in today’s uncertain economy, there’s still a strong demand for new accounting graduates. The U.S. Department of Labor projects 22-percent growth in accounting careers between 2008 and 2018. Yahoo! Education ranks an accounting degree as the third “hottest” degree and a safe bet for the future.

As an increased benefit and to encourage students to enter the accounting field, the NJSCPA operates New Jersey’s largest professional scholarship fund. In 2013, the NJSCPA Scholarship Fund awarded more than $425,000 in scholarships to 74 high school and college students to support their studies in accounting.

The Pay It Forward presentations include videos that allow students to learn about the rewarding career of a CPA, fun facts and an overview of the range of career choices available after graduation.

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New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants
The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, with more than 15,500 members, represents the interests of the accounting profession and advances the financial well-being of the people of New Jersey. The NJSCPA plays a leadership role in supporting the profession by providing members with educational resources, access to shared knowledge and a continuing effort to create and expand professional opportunities.

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