Accounting Myth Busters

Kari Grittner, a full-time Accounting degree instructor at the Eagan, MN college campus, debunks common misconceptions of accounting professionals. In this post, she proves a common stereotype that accountants are boring:

MYTH:  “Accountants are introverted and boring”Accountant-Kenny-G

Take a look at some “boring” accountants:

John Grisham, famous mystery novelist, received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Mississippi State University

Bob Newhart, comedian, started out in accounting

Kenny G., was an accountant before he became a famous jazz artist

Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, is a CPA

Ray Wersching, the ex-San Francisco 49er field goal kicker, was a CPA during the off-season

Phil Knight, chair of several Fortune 500 companies, including Nike, is a CPA

Tim DuBois, known as The Singing Accountant, wrote the Alabama hit Love in the First Degree, the Jerry Reed hit She Got the Goldmine, I got the Shaft and the Vince Gill hit When I Call Your Name.  He is currently the president of Arista Records in Nashville

J.P. Morgan, after graduating from school, got his first Wall Street job as a junior accountant.  Five years later he founded his own company, now known as J.P. Morgan Chase

Thomas Pickard, was the #2 man at the FBI. Nearly 1,400 of the FBI’s special agents are accountants

 

Myth—BUSTED

As an accountant, you serve as a key stakeholder in a company through managing company assets and interfacing with various people within an organization. This list of famous people proves that the field of accounting is not boring, with interesting job titles that many famous figures have at one point in their life chosen this career path. 

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Photo Credit: Wikipedia.org -- This image is of Kenny G an accountant turned musician.