After obtaining my Accounting degree I worked at a small local firm. From there, I branched out into an industry I liked and have flourished.
Honestly, there have been dry spells in my professional career, but one thing is for sure, my Accounting Degree has opened doors in positions I never dreamed of.
I have been able to branch out and currently love my present position. I performed Accounting functions for 10 years before moving into a different position all together. I am not an Accountant at present, but with my accounting degree, I have been able to succeed in ways I never thought. The Basics in Accounting are valuable in many different aspects in the professional world.
Focus on what you like and compensation will follow.
By being organized, following instructions and being patient you can succeed in this career.
Barrett Guy, CPA, CFE
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If you like working with numbers, you might wonder whether accounting or mathematics is a better college major for you to pursue. Both academic paths have their benefits, and both degrees can lead to a lucrative career. However, there are a lot of differences between the two fields of study. Choosing an accounting degree over a math degree can offer you more career opportunities across a greater range of work settings without the need for advanced or graduate-level studies in math concepts and theories.
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Accounting is a great career path for those who value job security. The occupation has historically seen low rates of unemployment, even during tough economic times that result in numerous layoffs and closures in other industries. Having a skilled and reliable accountant is just as important, if not more important, in times of economic turmoil as it is in more profitable times.
Technically, mathematicians are actually seeing a higher rate of growth than accountants. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects jobs for accountants and auditors to increase by 10 percent over a decade. Although this growth rate is faster than average, it’s well below the much faster than average growth rate of 33 percent that the BLS predicted for mathematicians and statisticians. However, accountant is a much larger occupation than mathematician is. There are already 1,397,700 accountants and auditors working across the United States, compared to just 40,300 mathematicians and statisticians. Jobs may be growing three times faster for mathematicians and statisticians than for accountants, but the BLS predicts more than 10 times as many new jobs to open up for accountants as for mathematicians and statisticians.
What Jobs Involve Math?
Almost every job involves math to some extent, though the type of math used in jobs can vary from basic addition and subtraction to complex algebra and inferential statistics. Consider these findings from a study of American workers:1
94 percent of all workers use some sort of math in their jobs.
68 percent use fractions, decimals, and percentages.
More than a third of skilled blue-collar workers such as carpenters and mechanics use basic algebra on the job; 29 percent use geometry and trigonometry.
5 percent of all workers use calculus; skilled trades workers, managers, and technical professionals use it the most.
Math skills are clearly important in many careers, most notably the science, technology, and engineering professions. But such skills also feature prominently in some careers that may not seem like a natural end point for someone with a math degree. Video game developer and computer animator are just two examples of less-obvious jobs that actually use calculus, for instance.
A major in mathematics is a springboard to a wide range of rewarding careers. Whether you focus on theoretical mathematics or applied math, the analytical and quantitative skills you develop in a math program are valuable assets that many employers need. Take a look at some of the types of organizations that hire math majors:
Government agencies and academic research institutes
Biomedical and health services companies
Real estate firms
Medical device manufacturers
Airlines and other transportation service providers
A lot of math majors spend time looking into how to work for Google or other high-profile companies. After all, such organizations frequently offer great pay and generous, distinctive benefits. But it's worth keeping in mind that many small companies also offer outstanding salaries and perks to those with well-developed problem-solving skills.