Learn about the types of people who become accountants. This page goes into detail about the ethnic and gender ratio of the workplace.


Ethnic Minority Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of accountants are White, making up 48% of the population. The next highest segments are East Asian and South Asian, making up 12% and 11% respectively.


Employment Type Mix, 2019

88% of accountants work in full-time roles while 12% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2019

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an accountant. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming accountants at a ratio of 1.65 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2019

60% of accountants are female and 40% are male.


Gender Bias, 2019

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an accountant and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an accountant and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming an accountant than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.