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In colleges, there are many math majors that you can choose from. However, I am interested in becoming an accountant or anything in the financial area. What prerequisites and requirements would I have to complete before high school ends? I am a junior.

I am interested in math and finance majors.
I would like to help out the government and businesses operate properly.
I have been considering being an accountant for the past 5 years.
I feel that my math performance is average and I might need to perform better for acceptance. #accounting #business-management #career-details #personal-development

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Joel’s Answer

Hi Bill -

In my experience, accounting does not require the mastery of advanced mathematics but rather an ability to organize and make sense of numbers. For my accounting degree, the only pure math courses required were Pre Calculus and Calculus. In addition, my college offered special versions of these courses that were tailored to business majors. That being said, my accounting major also required a finance course and a couple of business statistics courses. Finally, an accounting major is, of course, heavy in accounting courses and many (though certainly not all) include a decent amount of working with numbers though usually only simple math is required.

I'm not sure if your school offers any accounting courses (my high school did not) but that would be a great way to get an idea of what accounting involves and whether you enjoy it and can see yourself pursuing it at the next level.

Best of luck and please let me know if you have additional questions on accounting as a career. accounting
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John’s Answer

This is a hard one to answer because there are so many different ways you can go within the world of "accounting or anything in the financial area." In investing, commercial banking and the securities markets some very high level mathematics is used for analysis, modeling and forecasting. You could use a PhD for jobs in these areas. In general business, and probably accounting, a good undergraduate minor in math is probably all you would need. What you want is to become comfortable with equations, numbers, ratios and statistics and be able to approach problems logically and systematically.

Thank you comment icon As John mentioned, there are a lot of directions your career could go within finance and accounting. I had a dual major in these two subjects and now work at a professional services firm in the audit practice. If you are leaning towards a business degree (in finance or accounting) the required math courses are actually very minimal, however if you are more interested in a math degree I would assume that extensive/higher-level courses are required. Laura Nelling
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Katie’s Answer

My college offered Business Administration, Economics, and Applied Mathematics as majors with Business being the most popular among accountants. Calculus, statistics, and economics were all pre-reqs for all of these majors (not completely sure about math - I was an Econ major). I took AP Calc AB and AP Calc BC in high school, which essentially passed me out of the math pre-reqs, so I would highly recommend those classes if possible. I've seen people also take AP Stats and AP Econ in high school but not completely sure if you can pass out of them in college (depends on the college). Also, keep in mind that to pass out of college classes you probably will have to get a 4 or 5 on the AP test. Hope this helps!
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Rose’s Answer

Math is not that important for a career in accounting. You need to be comfortable with basic arithmetic, but business acumen is essential. Even for financial analysis, it isn't that the formulas that are complex or difficult; the challenge is figuring out the proper inputs.

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