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Associates degree in business/accounting

richie021501richie021501 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
edited May 2008 in Business Major
Ok well I'm a part time community college student right now. My plan is to graduate with an associates degree, then hopefully get a job with an employer who will pay for me to continue my education and get a bachelors degree.

My question is, should I major in accounting (my favorite business field) or just general business. Accounting is an associate of science degree mainly for those who want to get a job after graduation (it can still be transferred but a lot of the credits wont be transferable to most colleges). The business degree is an associate of arts designed mainly for transferring to 4 year colleges.

I don't really know what to do, my advisor said if my goal is to get a job after graduation then I should choose the accounting degree. However, I've looked online and learned that average salaries for the business degree holders are actually higher (idk how reliable that information is though).

What should I do??? What kind of jobs can I get with an associate degree is business??? how bout one in accounting???

And please dont tell me that an associate degree is useless, if you feel this way then I would rather you just not post because I've heard that from enough people and I've already decided that this is the best way for me to go, so you cant change my mind.

Thank you
Post edited by richie021501 on

Replies to: Associates degree in business/accounting

  • 2VU06092VU0609 Registered User Posts: 3,473 Senior Member
    I teach at a cc and coordinate the accounting program for our college. I teach both transfer and technical students. What you have said would be essentially correct for our state. As associate's degree in accounting will prepare you to be a full-charge bookkeeper, whether for a CPA or in industry. About one third of our credits in the accounting degree that trains for direct employment don't transfer to four year schools because AACSB requirements dictate that some classes, such as marketing and management, must be taken at the junior level or above. If you have an interest in transferring, but would like to be prepared for employment upon graduation, why don't you pursue the business AA degree, but take some additional accounting electives? My college offers payroll, tax, a second financial course, and a computerized accounting systems course. These courses would prepare you for the work force and then you can seek employment upon graduation.

    The AA degree's business core is fairly standard in our region (perhaps nationwide) and would dictate that you take the following business classes which are used as the sophomore core at most four year schools: financial accounting, managerial accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics, business writing, business law (that's an iffy one for some transfer schools), and statistics. Completion of these courses will allow you to pursue any four year business degree once you transfer in my area of the country.

    I don't know about your area, but where I live, it would be unlikely that you would find someone who would fund your additional education while employed. Some employers would allow you time off, but most of the industrial employers that had educational benefits in our area have gone overseas or ceased operations entirely.
    Good luck to you.
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