As the financial services industry becomes more complex and adjusts to new regulations, accountants are high in demand. One top consulting firm, BDO currently has 175 accounting positions open at various levels across the United States.

Sure, business schools may churn out graduates with accounting degrees and MBAs, but because many of the open job roles are very specific, they're still difficult to fill.

One job at BDO for example seeks an experienced senior-level manager to work with clients on sensitive mergers and acquisitions, while another helps clients identify the best technology for managing their critical information.

Both jobs require the applicants be not just Certified Public Accountants, but also have several years of specialized experience in similar roles. The positions typically take six to 12 months to fill.

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Last updated September 28 2011: 2:50 PM ET
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