For students who are uncertain about their career path, here are seven great college majors that provide a solid education and — plenty of opportunities.

1. Accounting

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Every business needs someone qualified to keep track of important financial information. Accountants fill this need — and more.

A degree in accounting can provide opportunities in a wide variety of industries. Accounting is considered the language of business, so graduates leave school with a very broad understanding of the professional world.

Many choose to earn licenses as certified public accountants (CPAs) and decide to start their own businesses, often helping people and companies with their taxes.

Other grads in this field pursue work in consulting, or obtain MBA degrees. Accounting is a major that can lead to many possible paths, but it requires proficiency with numbers, spreadsheets and Microsoft Excel.

2. Finance

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Similar to accounting, finance is a business subject that involves numbers and has real-world applications.

Finance, as a basic definition, is the study of money and capital in the corporate world. While accounting handles transactions, finance is concerned with funding and investing for individuals, firms or nations.

It can be a rigorous and challenging major, but it carries much credibility in the business world. It is not uncommon for many students to begin earning upwards of six figures upon graduation from a top-ranked program.

After a few years of working in the field, many finance majors decide to pursue an MBA degree to further advance their careers.

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