How are accounting and finance different?

Accounting is a process for the delivery of financial information. Finance takes the information provided by accounting and uses it to help organizations or individuals make long-term financial goals or budget decisions.

While the accounting and finance fields are closely related, there are several key differences between the two that can impact the decision to go into one or the other.

Here’s a comparison of the two fields.


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