Accounting vs. math

<p>Not sure if this is the best place to post, but whatever.</p>

<p>My interests are divergent. I like math. High school geometry was pretty much the best class ever; I think proving things about shapes is fun. I like teaching math too, and I could totally see myself as a TA for Calc I or something. Going to grad school in math seems like it would be a pretty good deal. The problem is that I'm good at math compared to most people, but most people aren't math majors. In the latter pool, my sense is that I'd be near the bottom in terms of ability. Increasing abstraction makes the subject pretty tough. Also, I don't really care about doing mathematical research.</p>

<p>The accounting class I took last semester was pretty fun. I can see why some people think it's boring, but I like it. I don't like other business classes as much, though, and I'm a little concerned about the job market. It seems like everybody is majoring in accounting these days, and I kind of expect a supply glut in 2-4 years. </p>

<p>I've also heard that PhD programs in accounting/finance are a nice deal for people with a strong quant background. Anybody know about that?</p>

<p>Also, one specific question about accounting recruitment (especially Big Four): how easy is it to get hired at an office outside of your area? I don't like the place where I'm going to school and I don't want to stick around after graduating.</p>

<p>Thanks guys.</p>

<p>Accounting doesn't really require a lot of high level math. In reality, it's probably closer to Law than it is to Math.</p>

<p>Math beyond the first two years of college (various levels of calculus) gets very abstract and theoretical. If you don't care about doing mathematical research, grad school probably isn't the best avenue for you. If you like teaching math (at the high school level and below), you might consider pursuing a Masters in Mathematical Education.</p>

<p>You can always pursue applied mathematics, statistics, financial mathematics or mathematical economics depending on your interests.</p>