I was wondering what you guys would recommend in terms of a career based on my take of the two:
Pro: Not necessarily the greatest pay starting out, but very decent if one works at a Big 4 firm with a nearly limitless ceiling in terms of where one can go.
Pro: Various areas one can get into and find one's niche in.
Pro: Reputation of school doesn't matter.
Pro: Jobs in most major cities.
Pro: Has a "law" aspect to it, which I like.
Con: Until one gets to the upper level, the work will be boring and tedious with long hours.
Pro: I love quantitative work and business, and in terms of this, there is no better career for me than being an actuary.
Pro: Great hours, low stress, jobs everywhere.
Con: You start off with not as good pay of pay as an accountant, and you really need to be a superstar essentially to make the kind of money that upper level accountants (i.e. controllers, possibly CFOs) make.
Con: Not as much room for career changing (i.e. getting an MBA and going into management consulting, very unlikely to become a CFO as compared to an accountant), and less diversified fields involved (i.e. mostly risk analysis which interests me, but no forensic work, etc.)
Con: Promotion is almost solely based on academic ability (i.e how many exams you pass), while failing to account for on job performance, or other intangibles. I'm definitely not the smartest person around, but I work hard, which may not matter in actuarial work since it's all about exams.
So based on this, what would you recommend? Also, just out of curiosity, how long does it take to get to the upper levels of accounting and becoming a controller, or director, etc.? How long does it typically take to break 6 figures in accounting, because I know for actuary, it could be very soon or never based on the exams one passes?