Despite indicating familiarity with the profession, HSGCs were not knowledgeable about the number of credit hours required for public accounting certification in their state, as reported in Exhibit 1.
Given that the 150-hour rule is currently optional in Pennsylvania, it is not surprising that an even higher percentage (58%) of HSGCs did not know the requirement for certification.
The second part of the survey asked HSGCs to rank 15 different professions from first to last on several job attributes: long-term earnings potential, "interesting daily job tasks," "prestige, recognition, and respect," "stress-free work environment," and "time available for family and leisure."
As seen in Exhibit 2, HSGCs view the accounting profession as being uninteresting (rank of 12 for public, 14 for private), stressful (10 public, 8 private), time-consuming (9 public, 8 private), and not that rewarding financially, particularly for public accountants (9 public, 6 private).
The results of this survey indicate that HSGCs' perceptions of the accounting profession are inaccurate and not very positive.