Opportunities abound as every business, both large and small, has a need for accounting. This would include for profit businesses, nonprofit entities, and governmental agencies. Accounting is the process of identifying, measuring, recording, interpreting and communicating financial information.
Accounting is the language of business. Accounting has expanded dramatically with the use of technology. The skills that will be needed for these jobs will be both analytical in nature as well as strong communication skills.
Possible areas in which to seek employment would be:
- Financial Accounting
Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Financial Statement Preparation, Financial Analysis– dealing with transactions
- Managerial Accounting
Cost Accounting , Budgeting - dealing with planning and decision making
- Public Accounting
Income Tax, Compilations, Advisory Services -dealing with individuals and businesses
Fund Accounting - for the federal, state, or local government
Working with both U.S. accounting principles and those of other countries
Depending upon the degree/diploma/certificate that is granted, the possible job openings would vary. Starting with the shortest program, which is the Payroll Clerk Certificate, graduates would be able to record payroll transactions, prepare necessary reports for government agencies, and continue all the way through the disbursement of checks. The courses taken could be applied toward an AAS in Accounting.
The next shortest program is the Accounting Assistant Diploma. Someone graduating with this diploma would be able to perform any combination of identifying and recording business transactions, maintain accounting records, bank deposits, write checks and maintain a cash disbursement journal.
There is both an AAS degree and diploma for an Accounting Technician. The Accounting Technician degree is intended for a student that as a future employee that would serve in a dual capacity with accounting skills and additional computer skills such as computer maintenance and networking.
The AAS Accounting degree or diploma includes more advanced accounting classes which would prepare the graduate to be able to work for private enterprises, public accounting firms, manufacturing firms, retail or wholesale stores, financial institutions, hospitals, government agencies, or insurance companies in financial or managerial accounting.