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Old 12-31-2008, 11:33 AM
 
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Hi everyone!

I need some advice here, please help me.

This spring I have to pick a major. I am now study at community college.

My question is what should I pick between Nursing and Accountant, and both

are the Associate Degree 2 years program.

I think I like both careers. Nursing is good job to help people and stable

income, but accounting is more flexible and can make money too.

Do you think if I graduate in 2010 in Accounting, Can I find a job easy

and good pay?

Thank you for any advising.
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Hi everyone!

I need some advice here, please help me.

This spring I have to pick a major. I am now study at community college.

My question is what should I pick between Nursing and Accountant, and both

are the Associate Degree 2 years program.

I think I like both careers. Nursing is good job to help people and stable

income, but accounting is more flexible and can make money too.

Do you think if I graduate in 2010 in Accounting, Can I find a job easy

and good pay?

Thank you for any advising.
Let me put it like this. Nursing is about one of THE MOST flexible jobs you can get and the way the economy is it is one of the only jobs you're pretty much guaranteed to have a job straight out of school. Food for thought.
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: (Lyndon) Louisville KY USA
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Health care is the ONLY industry not losing jobs in this terrible economy
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:44 PM
 
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Hi everyone!

I need some advice here, please help me.

This spring I have to pick a major. I am now study at community college.

My question is what should I pick between Nursing and Accountant, and both

are the Associate Degree 2 years program.

I think I like both careers. Nursing is good job to help people and stable

income, but accounting is more flexible and can make money too.

Do you think if I graduate in 2010 in Accounting, Can I find a job easy

and good pay?

Thank you for any advising.
To me, when someone asks "Nursing or Accounting?" I must respond with another question...

"Do you have a bigger problem with poop or with incredible tedium and minutia?"
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:25 PM
 
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Could you (or would you) spend several hours Or even days) looking for a 98 cent error?

Could you face a boss or client that wanted you to shade the accounts so that they could skip paying so much in taxes?

Could you skip a family get together because it's the last week before income tax returns are due? Or the end-of-the-month close out? Or it's payday and you haven't done the payroll yet?

In other words, can you handle facing deadlines?

If you couldn't handle any of those things, forget accounting.

Nursing has it's unpleasant tasks too. Hateful patients and their families. Nasty messes and injuies. Odors. Shift work. Witnessing Pain. Death.

Don't look at the good points. There are many for both careers. Think about how you would handle the bad.
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:25 PM
 
Location: chicagoland
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To me, when someone asks "Nursing or Accounting?" I must respond with another question...

"Do you have a bigger problem with poop or with incredible tedium and minutia?"

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I would NOT want a nurse to take care of me who was equally pondering accounting! They are like polar oposites.

I say go into accounting. I think a person KNOWS they were MEANT for the medical field!

Good luck with whatever you choose
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:54 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Could you (or would you) spend several hours Or even days) looking for a 98 cent error?

Could you face a boss or client that wanted you to shade the accounts so that they could skip paying so much in taxes?

Could you skip a family get together because it's the last week before income tax returns are due? Or the end-of-the-month close out? Or it's payday and you haven't done the payroll yet?

In other words, can you handle facing deadlines?

If you couldn't handle any of those things, forget accounting.

Nursing has it's unpleasant tasks too. Hateful patients and their families. Nasty messes and injuies. Odors. Shift work. Witnessing Pain. Death.

Don't look at the good points. There are many for both careers. Think about how you would handle the bad.
Let me give you some of the equivalents in nursing.

Could (would) you do things that went against your education b/c a doctor told you to?

Could you work any and every holiday, giving up your family gatherings or trying to schedule them for a different day? Likewise, could you give up at leasat half your weekends?

Could you deal with asking for some special day off, only to be told they can't "do without you", while someone else gets the time off?

These things happen.
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:36 PM
 
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If you are only getting a 2 year degree than I would say go for nursing. Isn't an RN a two year degree? I'm in accounting and I think you have many more choices in accounting (goes way beyond taxes and payroll) but I also think you need at least a 4 year degree and possibly a CPA to get those choices and the money.
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Old 01-01-2009, 07:18 PM
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If you are only getting a 2 year degree than I would say go for nursing. Isn't an RN a two year degree?
The "entry into the profession" degree is an AAS. For any job advancement possibilities, you really need a BS. You can get a BSN as your first degree.
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Old 01-01-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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Thank you so much for all your advising. I had BS Degree in Agricultural Economics already, so if I have AS Degree in accounting then I will be eligible to take the CPA exam.

I also interest in nursing because I might have a short waiting list. They will open new community college in 2010, so I think after I done my prerequisites I can get into the program faster.

I am now 36 years old but don't have kid yet, so I hope I will finish any degree and have a good job. I want to have a kid after I have stable income.
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