Getting an Accounting degree doesn't mean you have to become a traditional accountant. I majored in Accounting, work for a traditional accounting firm, but work within the management consulting side of things. Although I don't just do accounting, I daily use my accounting skills, whether it is researching 10Ks, building financial models, discussing how making a management or operational change will impact a company's bottom line, etc.
If you aren't sure about Accounting, you can always tack on additional minors, certifications, or possibly a major, if time permits. Personally, in addition to my BS in Business with a concentration in Accounting, I have certifications in International Business and Finance, which helped me transition into consulting.
In general, I have friends and colleagues that majored in something and are now doing something completely different. For example, a friend majored in aerospace engineering and is now working for the commercial real estate group at Goldman Sachs. Accounting can be translated into so many different fields, so I don't think you can call it a "wrong" major until you have an idea of what the "right" major or career would be.
The guidance I have for you is just to first make sure you get good grades, are involved in extracurricular activities, have experience in leadership positions, and are able to present yourself well. Next, attend career fairs and talk to recruiters about what a day in the life is like for their employees. You might be surprised with what an "accountant" will do or you may find something completely different that interests you.
Last updated Nov 28 '17 at 12:46