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Accounting vs Informatics?

hrawlinshrawlins Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
I am a freshman at Indiana University. I'm torn between their Accounting program which prepares you & allows you to sit for the CPA exam after graduation.
Then there's informatics. (Computer Studies). Seems like the new thing but it's not extremely popular yet. It deals with Information Systems, Computer Science, & Human interaction.
Which will be more beneficial? Jobs? Any accountants or informatics major? Give me your job experience. Thank you!

Replies to: Accounting vs Informatics?

  • prezbuckyprezbucky Registered User Posts: 4,297 Senior Member
    If you love crunching numbers and creating leaps of abstraction to make numbers "fit"... go with Accounting.

    IU is a fine school.. coming from a UW grad.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 22,909 Forum Champion
    You should consolidate your four posts into one. I think you'd get a better response.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 22,909 Forum Champion
    edited August 2014
    I'm not familiar with Informatics and I'd suggest that you do some research at school as to the career opportunities (both short and long term) in this field (ex. what % of students in this major got jobs, where are the working?). I'd try to talk to career placement and some professors if that is possible.

    I do know accounting, which is a very stable, very employable field. To become a CPA now you need 150 credits (most BS degrees are around 120 credits) so many students go for a one year masters program to meet that requirement while others can meet it with AP classes or a combination of AP and summer classes (the requiremetns vary a bit state to state). If you do well as an accounting major at IU and interview well you could get a number of job offers. Most people initially go the public accounting (Big 4 if possible) route to build the resume and gain experience.
  • hrawlinshrawlins Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Thanks for the info! I have set up an appointment with career services to discuss informatics. If it doesn't go over well, accounting it is. :-)
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