Forensic accounting is a more specialized field than say auditing or corporate accounting. As a result, there are fewer jobs in this field (but also fewer qualified candidates). For example, at a typical "Big Four" accounting firm, maybe 1% of the total employees are forensic accountants. For me, forensic accounting is more rewarding because it is very challenging and the diversity of projects keeps it interesting. Your day to day and week to week routine can be much more unpredictable in forensic accounting because it's project based and often time sensitive, and you can't predict when the next project will arise. Some people thrive on this fast pace and lack of consistent routine, while others prefer to have the predictability of other types of accounting positions.
Bob recommends the following next steps:
- I encourage you to talk to as many people as you can that are working in forensic accounting and other types of positions that you may be interested in.