Can one become a therapist with an accounting degree?

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Can one become a therapist with an accounting degree?

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The short answer is, probably not. To become a therapist most of your coursework and experience would be in psychology, sociology, and the sciences. Accounting degrees are more likely to lead to coursework and experience in finances, mathematics, business, and economics. So, getting a degree in accounting would not naturally lead into a career as a therapist. However, if one already has the education and experience as a therapist, it might be valuable to pursue some form of accounting education if you intend to open your own practice, or move into the business side of running a practice. There is some intersection between the actual practice of being a therapist and financial interactions with clients, insurance companies, health care systems, etc. But it would be highly unlikely that you would be successful in starting with accounting and then moving into counseling.

For more information about what careers a degree in accounting does easily intersect with, check out this article: Accounting Careers

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