What majors complement an accounting minor?
Specifically, degrees other than business administration. Would software engineering/systems analyst be an option? I could work on accounting software/automating repetitious parts of accounting. I'm open to ANY suggestions!
First off, it's great that you are open to any options - the world is full of a countless number of courses and degrees!
I majored in Economics and now work for an accounting firm that offers audit, tax, and advisory services. Economics is applicable to a variety of jobs and outlets, and also helps you stay informed with the global economy. Some folks who are part of the same functional team as myself have their CPA, but also have a finance minor or major. Lastly, I know someone who works at the accounting firm and majored in English. Knowing how to write eloquently and read with an attentive eye comes into play in any position that you take.
I recommend that you make a list of any pros and cons of the majors I listed above (and any others suggested in this post). From there, you may be able to see which ones are more interesting to you over others. Best of luck!
In addition to majors where the accounting minor is directly applicable, it can also be useful in any field where you're responsible for budgeting or accountable for financial measures. Many (maybe most) people in management have some financial responsibility. For example, a civil engineer might be responsible for meeting a construction budget, People working in law enforcement might be working financial fraud cases (the FBI hires a lot of accountants).
The accounting minor can give you that extra edge that you need to distinguish yourself from other job candidates and accounting is applicable to almost any field.
Another option aside from software engineering, which is an awesome choice, would be management information systems! This is pretty data focused and can be used to make decisions at companies. As time goes on, data analysis roles have been and are becoming more prevalent so there are many jobs. It can coincide well with the skills needed for accounting so can help further that career path for you or help you see other options where skills are transferrable!
This really depends on what field you want to work in. I would assume if you are looking at accounting and software, you are looking for something in the tech field. I would suggest something in international finance/business would also be helpful as the economy/world have shifted to global economies. You can compliment your degree with certifications in software/programming as you progress in your career as you navigate where you want to go without being stuck in a path that you may not be entirely happy with.
Do what feels most helpful in the path that you want to choose.
I hope all is well with you.
If you are interested in IT (Systems and Tools) Audit, Cyber Audit etc, Computer Science would be a great supplement to your Accounting minor. I have seen over the years IT becoming apart of a lot of audit firm services and the shortage of resources in that space gives the resources somewhat of a negotiation power in compensation and benefit packages when being offered a job. If you need additional information, please feel free to reach out.
I hope this helps.
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