Today, through the tremendous efforts of many people, as well as those of other interested groups, there are now over 100,000 African-Americans participating in the accounting profession, as which over 3,000 are CPA’s and providing the best jobs in St Louis.
This is a significant increase from where the profession was just a generation ago. Back then, there were less than 10,000 African-Americans in the accounting field, with only around 500 of them being CPA’s. Despite these large numbers, there are still some disparities between the black community and other racial groups when it comes to accounting.
There are a number of reasons why black accountants may not be as prevalent as their white counterparts. One reason is that the accounting profession has been slow to diversify. While other professions, such as medicine and law, have seen a more significant increase in the number of African-Americans over the years, accounting has lagged behind the rest of the general market.
At our staffing agency, we do our best to encourage and serve as a local resource for greater participation by African-Americans and other minorities in the field of accounting. Additionally, the chapter has awarded scholarships to over 200 students since its inception. The number of African-American CPAs has increased substantially over the last several years, and we hope to continue to play a role in helping this trend grow.
If you are an African-American accountant in the St. Louis area, or if you are interested in becoming one, we encourage you to get involved with our organization. We offer a number of resources and networking opportunities that can help you in your career. We also provide support to African-American accounting students through our scholarship program.