Show me the money
Accountants make decent money right out of school — usually starting at more than $50,000. MAC degree holders and those with the Certified Public Accounting designation (which the MAC qualifies you for) make even more to start, and their salaries grow fast.
Within five to seven years of starting their careers, MAC degree holders are usually earning six-figure salaries.
So when your medical school friends are finally earning $40,000 to $50,000 as resident doctors after several years of school, you’ll be making more than twice as much.
Some accountants get to travel — including overseas — as part of their work. They visit client company headquarters or key facilities. Some U.S. accountants even spend part of their careers in Europe or Asia, working with U.S. companies that have offices there or international companies with U.S. operations.
The Big 4 accounting firms, where many graduates go for their first job out of school, are increasingly emphasizing work-life balance. Telecommuting, flexible hours, more time for parental leave and other benefits are relatively common in accounting.
And finally, while accounting has lots of variety, chances are you will almost never have to pull on a latex glove or visit a jail as part of your job.
If you haven’t thought about a MAC degree, maybe it’s time to learn more.
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