Accounting degree or buisness degree?

Discussion in 'Accounting' started by me, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. me

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    Is an accounting degree a better choice over a business
    degree even if not necessarily wanting to be an
    "accountant" per se?

    I had a friend tell me to get an accounting degree
    rather than a business degree because "an accounting
    degreed person can be a business man but a business man
    can NOT be an accountant".

    Would you agree? Accounting degree have more "esteem
    even for getting such jobs as production manager or
    shipping supervisor where one wont be crunching numbers
    me, Jul 31, 2007
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  2. You are assuming that a production manager or shipping supervisor doesn't
    have to write reports that account for production and shipping, many of
    which include numbers, charts, graphs, etc. And you also assume that will
    be the extent of your advancement. You could be right, or you could be

    You could go with a management degree of some sort. Some schools have
    "specialized" areas of study, and take a few extra accounting courses as
    electives if accounting isn't what you want to do - but maybe management is.

    The more varied background and history of experiences you have the better
    suited you are for a wide variety of opportunities.
    Paul Thomas, CPA, Jul 31, 2007
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  3. me


    May 7, 2015
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    Houston, TX
    I mostly agree with Paul on this. However, there are a lot of people with general business degrees who are having a hard time finding work.

    My undergraduate degree is in accounting but I thought adding and MBA to my resume would broaden my horizons. I was wrong there. Companies are looking for people with experience in their field or a more specialized degree. I would recommend that you seriously consider what you want to do and then focus heavily on that one thing. This is just my experience/ 2 cents.

    Please keep us updated on what you decide to do!
    ChoppedRebel, May 7, 2015
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