The accounting profession must attract and retain individuals with the interest, attitudes, and competencies demanded by the marketplace. This paper examines the influence of tolerance for ambiguity, computer anxiety, and gender on interest in acquiring IT competency among 123 accounting and AIS majors. In comparison to individuals majoring in accounting, the AIS majors were more tolerant of ambiguity (p = .025) and had slightly more positive attitudes toward computers. However, neither computer anxiety (p = .112) nor gender (p = .915) explained major selection. The results suggest the accountants with strong interests in IT are more comfortable with ill‐defined, ambiguous problem‐solving situations. The study implies that tolerance for ambiguity, a characteristic increasingly valued by the profession, should be considered in the classroom and in hiring decisions.

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