School of Business & Technology
In today's economy, accountants and the theoretical principles they use in their work are critical to any industry and business. Economists, investors, business executives, labor leaders, bankers, and government officials all rely upon financial statements and other reports to summarize and interpret the multitude of financial transactions.
The accounting program will provide the minimum accounting requirements needed to enter the accounting profession as an accounting clerk or junior member of the accounting staff. The program emphasizes the use of personal computers along with the manual procedures of accounting. Many of the courses can be completed via distance learning.
Students can also elect to transfer to four-year institutions. Since four-year schools differ greatly in their requirements, students should select courses from the general education requirements and electives list that will best fit the program of the school to which they intend to transfer.
Upon completion of a bachelor's degree, graduates can find jobs as accountants and auditors working in private industry or the government. Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. According to a salary survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and employers, bachelor’s degree candidates in accounting received starting offers averaging $48,993 a year in July 2009; master’s degree candidates in accounting were offered $49,786 initially.