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finance vs accounting vs marketing

pj1213pj1213 Registered User Posts: 111 Junior Member
edited August 2009 in Business Major
which major do you think has better job placement/slalry. Im going to UMD and im not sure which to do. to be honest i really dont think i could deal with accounting, but if its that much better than the other two i think i could deal with it. any opinions would help
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Replies to: finance vs accounting vs marketing

  • pj1213pj1213 Registered User Posts: 111 Junior Member
  • TheMK99TheMK99 Registered User Posts: 1,019 Member
    don't base your future career off some idle unqualifed voice on this forum. seriously just go in undecided or business-undecided if you have that option and do a little exploring
  • milkimilki Registered User Posts: 1,063 Senior Member
    I agree. It depends on your career goals too. What do you want to do ?
  • pj1213pj1213 Registered User Posts: 111 Junior Member
    well im not saying this will make my final decision, i just want to get people opinions on this. i am kind of interested in the stock market, but to be honest i have no preference. i figure whatever job i get, its not exactly going to be the most enjoyable one and i really dont have any specific interests, so i might as well choose one that has salary to make up for it lol.
  • TheMK99TheMK99 Registered User Posts: 1,019 Member
    A person without interests is a person without a brain.
  • pj1213pj1213 Registered User Posts: 111 Junior Member
    easy there bud...im just saying that no one wants to have a job, and i really have no passion that pans out into a lucrative career. sorry im not a tough guy like you sir
  • JPNguyenJPNguyen Registered User Posts: 710 Member
    You can make tons of money with all the degrees, its how you use it that matters. Having a finance degree doesn't automatically make you rich. Spending too much money and saving too little to invest makes a person poor. Having a marketing degree doesn't automatically make you rich. Making tons of money but not knowing how to invest to earn a high ROI of the money coming in makes a person poor. Having an accounting degree doesn't automatically make you rich either. Understanding how to appropiate finances doesn't mean that you can make money and invest it.

    But since you want the highest income after graduation, finance is probably the best choice, provided IF top notch financial firms recruit at your school.
  • granted_businessgranted_business Registered User Posts: 422 Member
    Depends on where you go to school, too. If you're going to a Wharton or a Ross I think finance would provide the most options.

    If you're going to a lesser-recognized school, accounting is the way to go. It really doesn't matter where you to go to school if you have an accounting degree; they are in high demand.

    You want to be at a school like Wharton or Ross if you go into Finance or Econ...
  • leo187umleo187um Registered User Posts: 425 Member
    If your going to UMD, accounting is the way to go. From a education standpoint and a recruitment standpoint (all the big4 recruit), accounting would be the best.
  • Southcamp8Southcamp8 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Completely agree. Dude, grow up. if you are comparing marketing to finance in the salary prospective.... well, you have no future.
  • CollegeKidCollegeKid Registered User Posts: 314 Member
    MK, how does that mean he doesn't have a brain? Not everyone has a passion (or an interest) that they could realistically pursue careerwise and also be somewhat well off.

    If I could do anything with my life I'd like to just go to school and learn and relax the rest of the time. That's my only true interest, learning and relaxing... if relaxing counts as an interest (although it includes, books, tv, movies, video games). Does that mean I have no brain? Because I haven't fooled myself into believing I have a passion for say teaching, marketing, psychology, writing, or whatever else?

    Just because someone doesn't have strong interests in anything in particular and would like to choose a job based on salaries and what not doesn't mean they don't have a brain.

    Hell, I think they're smarter than some of the morons who major in their "passion" only to realize they really don't like it that much and are now stuck with a uselss degree making no money.

    Anyways, to answer the OP's question, it depends. I'd say acounting is the way to go at the school you're attending (mostly because the school doesn't matter much). If you were going to Wharton or something I'd say finance though.
  • CressidaCressida Registered User Posts: 139 Junior Member
    Maybe it has changed some from when I was in school but marketing is where all the students who couldn't make it in accounting ended up. On the other hand, with a marketing degree you will learn to BS and make up good stories without factual basis. Most who major in accounting will be able to see through the BS and will find it unbelievable how little you know despite your sales talk. Accounting will give you more options and better pay out of school but you may be bored to tears after a few years.
  • DawgieDawgie Registered User Posts: 1,576 Senior Member
    Cressida, I'm curious if you even know what Big Four Auditors do all day. The work itself might be boring, but the work life there isn't. In fact, it's probably hell of a lot more fun than most jobs because of all the social interaction it allows. I also completely disagree with you assuming someone can BS better just because they have a certain degree? Doubt it, college doesn't teach you much. The BS part is pretty much all practice and personality. Stereotyping someone based on what they studied for 4 years is pretty retarded.
  • TheMK99TheMK99 Registered User Posts: 1,019 Member
    CollegeKid, I am talking about interests in general. By the time your a high school senior you should have some interests. Like "I like math oriented stuff, etc." or "I like creative things like writing." or something.

    Not everyone needs to have their future down as a high school senior, but saying I have no interests is ridiculous!
  • shashwat_90shashwat_90 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    ha, I pity you finance majors right now,
    sorry am kinda late on this one,
    but whatever you did,
    hope you didn't pick finance right now
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