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Old 11-04-2017, 02:20 PM
 
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I am in the last semester of my community college program, getting ready to transfer to a uni. I have completed all of my prerequisites to attend their school of business but, Im not sure what I want to major in. I am stuck between Computer Information Systems and Accounting. I love computer networking and security and I have a genuine interest in it. I have a little interest in Accounting but I dont think it would be a problem for me and I believe I can succeed in this field. I understand people tell me to major in what I love but, the field that I love doesnt seem to promising while Accounting does.
I want to choose a major that will set me up for job security. Ive looked at the stats for Information Systems majors and they have a high unemployment rate. Accounting does not have a high unemployment rate.

So should I major in Accounting, or go for what I love and major in CIS and get certs and experience while Im in school? Or should I major in Accounting and minor in CIS?

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Old 11-04-2017, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Could you do a double major? That would allow you to have your cake and eat it, too.
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Old 11-04-2017, 02:38 PM
 
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Could you do a double major? That would allow you to have your cake and eat it, too.
I have been thinking about that but I dont know if I could handle the load. I guess I'll never know until I try, though.
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Old 11-04-2017, 04:14 PM
 
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Why do you think computer security is not a good field? Seems to be more need for good people than are available. Heck if you can do info sec without alienating all the users the world will beat a path.
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Old 11-04-2017, 04:21 PM
 
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Why do you think computer security is not a good field? Seems to be more need for good people than are available. Heck if you can do info sec without alienating all the users the world will beat a path.
I dont know man, its just that graduates with a CIS degree have a high unemployment rate (4.8) next to history majors. But Accounting grads have a 2.3 unemployment rate.
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Old 11-04-2017, 04:24 PM
 
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CIS. Make sure you know programing too and Network Admin. You will not be unemployed and you won't need to work accounting hrs (often 60+/week) although you would probably meet more girls in an Accounting job if that makes a difference.
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Old 11-04-2017, 04:27 PM
 
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CIS. Make sure you know programing too and Network Admin. You will not be unemployed and you won't need to work accounting hrs (often 60+/week) although you would probably meet more girls in an Accounting job if that makes a difference.
Thanks. I dont care about girls in the workplace, that leads to trouble.
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Old 11-04-2017, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Sandpoint, Idaho
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I am in the last semester of my community college program, getting ready to transfer to a uni. I have completed all of my prerequisites to attend their school of business but, Im not sure what I want to major in. I am stuck between Computer Information Systems and Accounting. I love computer networking and security and I have a genuine interest in it. I have a little interest in Accounting but I dont think it would be a problem for me and I believe I can succeed in this field. I understand people tell me to major in what I love but, the field that I love doesnt seem to promising while Accounting does.
I want to choose a major that will set me up for job security. Ive looked at the stats for Information Systems majors and they have a high unemployment rate. Accounting does not have a high unemployment rate.

So should I major in Accounting, or go for what I love and major in CIS and get certs and experience while Im in school? Or should I major in Accounting and minor in CIS?

Source:https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...JLhJHLraA1vZip

Thanks.
You are assuming that the two are mutually exclusive! If you majored in CS and write a thesis that applied to financial accounting, you would be attractive at Accounting PhD programs. A colleague of mine received his PhD in Accounting from U of Chicago and ran a number of simulations for consulting gigs for Fortune 500 firms. Was making >$200K in his first year as a professor.
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Old 11-04-2017, 11:51 PM
 
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You are assuming that the two are mutually exclusive! If you majored in CS and write a thesis that applied to financial accounting, you would be attractive at Accounting PhD programs. A colleague of mine received his PhD in Accounting from U of Chicago and ran a number of simulations for consulting gigs for Fortune 500 firms. Was making >$200K in his first year as a professor.
I wonít say itís impossible, but it would be extremely rare for an accounting PhD program to recruit someone without an undergrad degree in accounting. A thesis in an accounting area just isnít sufficient by itself.
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Sandpoint, Idaho
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I wonít say itís impossible, but it would be extremely rare for an accounting PhD program to recruit someone without an undergrad degree in accounting. A thesis in an accounting area just isnít sufficient by itself.
Would you not say that someone with a number of accounting core classes would be sufficient? Economics and Law both do not require the degree to make interesting contributions and to gain an appointment at top schools. Rare, yes, but largely because most do not think out of the box than many trying and failing.

But I defer...my evidence is purely anecdotal...
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