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Do accountants need to know calculus?


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Peter’s Answer

Accountants do not need to know Calculus or Computer Science

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Hui Jun’s Answer

I'm not an accountant, but I can share my two cents about it. On a day to day basis, I don't believe an accountant uses calculus.

However if you're wondering why are you studying calculus if you want to be an accountant, think of it this way. All the subjects that you are learning about right now may not be directly relevant to your job, but it trains your problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Let me use a simple analogy... if you look at sportspeople, take for example a basketball player. A basketball player trains in the gym and lift weights as part of his or her training routine. However in an actual match, they don't actually lift any weights! All that time spent in the gym is actually training up their muscles and muscle memory so that they can perform best in an actual basketball match. Similarly, you may not be using calculus if you do become an accountant in the future. However the problem solving skills and ability to think analytically that you have learned while studying calculus (and any other subject) will help you greatly in whatever career that you choose!

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Sharool’s Answer

Most accounting programs do not require students to take calculus, but some do want to see that students in their program have previous experience with calculus
Accounting programs usually require business and management courses as well as statistics. While some degrees may require a higher math course, it's really lower math operations and basic algebra that will help you most. So if you struggled through calculus in high school or managed to avoid it entirely, don't despair.

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Sharool’s Answer

Most accounting programs do not require students to take calculus, but some do want to see that students in their program have previous experience with calculus
Accounting programs usually require business and management courses as well as statistics. While some degrees may require a higher math course, it's really lower math operations and basic algebra that will help you most. So if you struggled through calculus in high school or managed to avoid it entirely, don't despair.

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Blake’s Answer

Hey Jessica,

Accountants don't need to "technically" know calculus for their day to day jobs, but it is still a good skill to have.

Thanks,
Blake

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