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The Accounting Profession as a Career Choice for Tertiary Business Students in Japan-A Factor Analysis

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Abstract:

This study aims to investigate the major factors that influence Japanese tertiary business students' vocational choice. A questionnaire-based survey was administered to both accounting and non-accounting students in Japanese tertiary institutions at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The results of two individualized factor analyses indicated significant differences between factors influencing the career profiles of both these groups of students. It further shows that the major influence affecting vocational choice for accounting students was based on intrinsic values. Non-accounting students indicated career prospects as the major contributing factor when choosing a career. These results are very important for accounting educators in Japan as they attempt to address the current unpopularity of the accounting profession.

Keywords: Career choice; accounting profession; accounting students; certified public accountants (CPA)

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09639280701820035

Affiliations: 1: Hiroshima Shudo University, Japan 2: University of Canberra, Australia

Publication date: 2009-06-01

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