September 14, 2023

Idaho - The Hidden Gem of Accounting and Finance

Lauren Kemp

When considering career opportunities, accounting and finance professionals often cast their eyes toward bustling financial hubs like New York or California. However, there's a hidden gem in the American West that deserves their attention: Idaho. Known for its outdoor appeal, thriving economy, and welcoming communities, Idaho offers a unique and compelling environment for professionals in the accounting and finance fields. Read on to learn why accounting and finance professionals should consider working in Idaho.

Thriving Job Market

Idaho's job market has been steadily growing in recent years, creating ample opportunities for professionals in various sectors, including accounting and finance. The state's diversified economy, driven by industries such as technology, agriculture, manufacturing, and healthcare, requires a robust financial infrastructure. According to the Idaho Department of Labor, this translates to a consistent demand for skilled accountants, financial analysts, and professionals in related fields.

Competitive Salaries and Cost of Living

Idaho offers a favorable balance between competitive salaries and a reasonable cost of living, making it an attractive option for financial professionals seeking both career growth and financial stability. Compared to major metropolitan areas with soaring living costs, Idaho allows professionals to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle while saving for the future, as stated by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Quality of Life

Beyond the professional advantages, Idaho's quality of life is a significant draw for those considering a move. The state boasts breathtaking natural beauty, with stunning mountains, lakes, and forests that provide countless opportunities for outdoor activities. Whether you enjoy hiking, skiing, or simply exploring the great outdoors, Idaho offers it all within a short drive from major cities like Boise and Coeur d'Alene. The state's communities are known for their friendliness and close-knit atmospheres, providing a welcoming environment for newcomers. Furthermore, Idaho's education system ranks well, making it an excellent place for professionals with families according to the Idaho State Department of Education.

Business-Friendly Environment

Idaho is celebrated for its business-friendly policies and low corporate taxes. The state actively supports entrepreneurship and innovation, which benefits both established companies and startups. The tax foundation's state business tax climate index describes that for accounting and finance professionals, this means ample opportunities to work with a diverse range of businesses, from small startups to established corporations.

Career Growth and Development

Idaho's commitment to economic growth and development has led to various professional development opportunities. Organizations such as the Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants (ISCPA) offer networking events, workshops, and resources to help professionals stay current with industry trends and best practices (ISCPA). Additionally, the state's proximity to major financial centers on the West Coast allows professionals to collaborate with clients and colleagues in other significant financial hubs when needed, further expanding their professional networks.

Idaho may not be the first place that comes to mind when accounting and finance professionals think of career opportunities, but it offers a compelling package that combines a thriving job market, competitive salaries, a high quality of life, and a business-friendly environment. With its unique blend of economic stability, natural beauty, and professional growth potential, Idaho is a hidden gem worth considering for those in the accounting and finance fields.

How J2T Serves Idaho

For Candidates:

Did you know that J2T has a specialized team of recruiters exclusively dedicated to Idaho's dynamic finance and accounting markets? Whether you're already a resident of the Gem State, considering a move to Idaho, or simply eager to explore the exciting career opportunities it offers, we're here to assist you. Connect with Paige Dumlao at pdumlao@j2t-recruiting.com to access a wealth of information.

For Companies:

For employers seeking exceptional talent in Idaho, we have you covered too. Our extensive network and expertise span the entire spectrum, from skilled staff accountants to top-tier C-suite executives. J2T is your partner in recruiting accounting and finance professionals at any level, ensuring mutually beneficial outcomes for all parties involved. Let's embark on a journey towards success together.

Written by Lauren Kemp

Lauren Kemp, Operations and Marketing Associate at J2T, earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a minor in Latin American studies and a Master of Science in Innovation and Management from Montana State University. Lauren hails from Montana and enjoys reading about the history of her home state. Her bucket-list items include touring the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, and taking an immersion trip to Chile to experience Latin American culture first-hand.

J2T is a recruiting and staffing firm that solely focuses on accounting and finance roles. J2T Flex facilitates all operational accounting needs, both direct hire and contract or contract-to-hire needs. On the direct hire side, J2T Recruiting specializes in senior positions starting at Sr. Accountant up through CFO in direct employment and contract or contract-to-hire conditions encompassing everything in the corporate accounting and finance organizational chart. J2T is a women-owned business exclusively serving the Colorado and Montana markets with the overarching goal to serve you in all areas of the hiring experience.