AICPA Trends Report

2021 AICPA Trends Report

Trends in the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits

2021 Trends Report Released!

The 2021 Trends: A report on accounting education, the CPA exam and public accounting firms’ hiring of recent graduates report (the Trends Report) is available via the link below. The AICPA first published the Trends Report in 1971; it has been published on a biennial basis since 2009. This semi-centennial edition of the report identifies key trends in U.S. accounting enrollments and graduations as well as hiring in the public accounting sector, and provides select information about CPA Exam candidates.


The 2021 Trends Report, in contrast to prior years’ reports, provides graduate and demographic information based upon university data reported to IPEDS for the 2019–20 academic year in addition to abbreviated university responses regarding enrollment expectations for both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. Firms data presented in this report are a mix of statistical projections and descriptive statistics calculated from firm survey responses.


View the 2021 Trends Report