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Hello, for a while I wanted to become an accountant because I can really imagine myself helping businesses with their financial decisions and management. Recently, I discovered information systems which has accounting in it. I've done some research but I want to be sure that this is something I might want to do. If someone is a security analyst or similar, what is the job like for you? What are some pros and cons of this major? What are similar majors (I don't want to do computer science by itself)? Why might someone not want to do this major? Thank you

Hi, I am a junior in high school.

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Edgardo’s Answer

Hi Ivana,

Nice to know you have a passion for numbers and math which are well needed in this field. I'm just going to provide two simple tips:

1. Nowadays, EVERYTHING is correlated to technology and information systems, so if you can do a double major with Accounting together with Information Systems (or any related computer science/technology field) I would strongly suggest that.

2. If you eventually graduate from an Accounting degree, TAKE YOUR CPA test and pass it doesn't matter how may times you need to try. Preferably do it right after you finish your Bachelors degree. You are going to be significantly more marketable for jobs and sustained careers.

Bonus tip: If you combine a CPA with a Law degree later one, that it's a lethal combination as my old boss used to say, haha!

Below link for CPA requirements in NyC in case you graduate with a different degree, you could still go for it.
https://nasba.org/exams/cpaexam/newyork/

Hope it helps! Best of luck and never quit.....
Edgardo
Thank you comment icon Your advice was so helpful! Ivana
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Jannette’s Answer

Hello,
A degree in Accounting provides a solid foundation to branch into various industries and career interests. Any organization that deals with funds will need an accountant. The key is finding what you enjoy doing, what you are passionate about then leveraging your accounting knowledge. I have a CPA degree and I have done a lot of work in information technology. I have designed and implemented financial systems that is used throughout my company. Since I like solving problem, I approach each deliverable as a problem and I figure out what is the most efficient way to address the issue. I have done forensic accounting, actuarial analysis, data analytics and a lot of other things and I can always count on my accounting knowledge and logical reasoning to get successful results.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for sharing your perspective. Ivana
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Ann’s Answer

These are great choices. As an IT major, you are solving problems when it comes to creating software and you develop skills for programming etc. Your accounting minor will give you insight into business issues, requirements and you will be able to apply this knowledge to implement solutions.
In other words, you will have a tremendous advantage over peers who are primarily computer science graduates (with no business background). The cons with a major in IT and a minor in accounting is that these require a lot of commitment and work. As an IT major, you would need to focus on coding skills which takes a lot of time. Accounting also takes a lot of time. Time management skills are keys to success.
Thank you comment icon I appreciate your support, Ann Ivana
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