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Marketing and Accounting or Marketing and Finance?

Is Marketing and Accounting a good double major or Marketing and Finance? Which will give the graduate better job prospects? I ruled out Economics, business law and management (I don’t want to give up Marketing because I enjoy doing it – but I want something serious on the side). If I was to work in the marketing department of a company what would be better?


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4 Responses to “Marketing and Accounting or Marketing and Finance?”

  1. Chad H June 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    I would say Marketing and Finance, that way, those few years every decade when accounting goes the way of the Dodo bird, you can still freelance as a finance consultant–which rich people will ALWAYS be willing to pay top dollar for.

    And marketing is good when you freelance because you learn how to sell yourself as a competant consultant. I think you’ll do just fine with either choice, but I would go with Finance.

  2. xoxo June 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Accounting and Finance majors find jobs fast. It also depends on where you live, I live in the mid-west so accountant majors usually have a better finding accounting jobs than finance jobs. You really can’t go wrong with those majors, but choose the one you find more enjoyable. No job is going to be worth it if you hate the major and the field after college.

  3. Pat June 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Accounting majors will probably always have a job, but they’ll only have that. Accounting paths are pretty limiting and it would take a few years and maybe a CPA before you even can get a salary over 75K.

    On the other hand, marketing and finance career paths are much more broad and present better opportunities. Entry-level marketing positions pay between 30K-70K, and if you’re good you can easily make 70K-100K in your second, third or fourth year. Finance positions at the start may pay 45K-75K, and the opportunities for lateral movement is also rather abundant.

    I’d major in marketing and finance; the combination of the two will ensure you always have job security. Accounting won’t do you any good unless you really want to have an accounting career.

    Good luck.

  4. Lonesome Cowboy June 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Well if your goal is freedom and economic opportunity. Sell accounting services for a mid size firm. Ask for straight commission of 25% (first year billing and 10% second year – then nothing) of everything you bring in the door against a draw of 25k. Make sure they give you an advertising budget of at least $400 a week for sales letters etc.

    Then go to small businesses that are trying to hire a bookkeeper and offer to outsource the entire job for 80% of the bookkeepers salary. On average billing is between $20,000 and $40,000 a year.

    If you had the temerity to make 60 phone calls a day – and 2 presentations you would end up selling one new client a week after the first month. If your good at numbers you’ll figure that out pretty quick – but these income levels I see here are chump change.

    A small firm would not be able to absorb that kind of new business so make sure you only bring this offer of employment to companies that have a dozen people or more.

    The firm you go to work for should use the Paperless Overnight system at that web site

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