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Does accounting have a bright future?

indy787indy787 Registered User Posts: 238 Junior Member
edited June 2005 in Business Major
I am considering majoring in accouting so I have a backup in case medical school doesn't pan out. I have read the princeton review job profile. I was wondering what exactly accountants do on a daily basis? Does most of their work involve just sitting at a computer all day? Also, how difficult is it to become an accountant and is there a lot of travel? Lastly, what does accouting lead to a few years down the road?
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Replies to: Does accounting have a bright future?

  • redhare317redhare317 Registered User Posts: 1,449 Senior Member
  • PreztolkienPreztolkien Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Accounting is nothing like it used to be. It isn't just sitting in front of a computer punching in numbers. There are also different areas of accounting besides tax preparation. You can get numerous jobs with an accountant degree without holding the title of "accounting" An accounting b.s. is a really just a specialized business degree.Getting your B.S. will be kinda easy depending on the school. You can get general business jobs with it although you will ironically need some accounting experience before you can become an accountant. If you really want to make 6 figures you will need to get your cpa which is like your masters of accounting. It will require a couple extra college credits and a lot of studying and experience. http://www.startheregoplaces.com/ this site should answer you questions.
  • indy787indy787 Registered User Posts: 238 Junior Member
    That was a great reply. Also, is it possible at all to do a BS in Biology (Or some science..) and then get a Masters in Accouting?
  • PreztolkienPreztolkien Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    I am not exactly sure on the specific requirements for the CPA exam. I know here in georgia you have to have at least 150 college credits but they don't specify which ones. To become a CPA you must pass a test and this test ubber long,ubber hard, and covers about 5-6 years of knowledge(4 for undergrad coursework and 1-2 for work experience in a business area) There is no way you can be prepared for the CPA exam by majoring in biology at the very least you would have to minor in accounting and spend a great deal of time studying because biology and accounting have nothing in common. In my personal opinion accounting and biology just don't go together. Although depending on the medical school you go to you don't have to major in an actually science so If you really want to become a doctor and this accounting thing is just temporary maybe dual major in Business Adm. and Chemistry (Chemistry is supposed to be one of the easier sciences)or major in accounting and minor in chem. If I where you I would take a mixture of business and sciences classes your freshman year. Take a hard sci class like organic chemistry that way you get a feel for the major and take a rough business class. I am getting the impression that you are not 100% sure you want to be a doctor and you need to start planning for medical school earlier. The same if you choose to go to a business grad school or get your CPA.
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