Were you the class treasurer? Are you looking for a career path with exacting standards, but few boundaries? If you have a sharp mind for numbers and enjoy working as part of a disciplined team, this program opens the door to a surprising array of opportunities in business, non-profit and government sectors. Accounting is more than numbers. It is a diverse and dynamic field vital to business. Accountants help to ensure that a business is run efficiently, its public records kept accurately, and its taxes paid properly and on time. They analyze and communicate financial information for various entities such as companies, individual clients, and government. While most accounting jobs require a four-year degree, with an associate’s degree in accounting, you will have the necessary skills needed to qualify for a variety of entry-level positions in public, private or governmental accounting. You will be ready to work effectively under the supervision of controllers, chief accountants, accounting supervisors, certified public accountants, and other professional accountants. If you plan on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a career as a Certified Public Accountant, this program will prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university. Accountants are consistently in demand because today’s ever-changing business environment depends on sound financial processing, controls, and decision making. Credits from the certificate programs can be used in the associate degree program.
|Accounting||AS Degree||63-65 credits|
|Applied Accounting||Certificate||15 credits|
|Advanced Accounting||Certificate||30 credits|
Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Managerial Accounting
Accounting Software Applications
Intro to Business
Survey of Business Law
Principles of Finance
Business Software Applications
Small to large businesses, government agencies, non-profits, educational institutions — all need trained accounting personnel to make sure that financial transactions are handled properly and accurate records are kept. Workers entering this challenging profession may analyze financial records, manage budgets, perform cost analysis, evaluate taxes and more. More and more employers are demanding a college accounting degree from prospective job candidates to fill staff accounting positions. Job titles vary—tax examiners and collectors, revenue agents, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, payroll and timekeeping clerks, billing, cost and rate clerks.
More than two million people in the United States work as accounting assistants or bookkeepers. The most recent information from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for accountants and auditors will grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, while jobs for accounting assistants and bookkeepers will grow 14 percent in the same time period. As the number of organizations increases and financial regulations become stricter, there will be greater demand for these workers to maintain books and provide accounting services.
Professor of Accounting & Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Business Administration