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Overview

Accounting is a diverse field with many opportunities for employment. Accuracy and attention to detail are trademark qualities of accountants, who can be found in all types of industries and levels of government. Accountants may use specialized accounting software, perform data entry, and may also be in contact with customers and clients.

Accounting responsibilities may include:

  • Compiling and interpreting numerical data for reports
  • Developing, maintaining, and analyzing budgets
  • Analyzing business operations, trends, costs, revenues
  • Computing taxes owed and preparing tax returns
  • Preparing, examining, or analyzing accounting records and financial statements

With training in accounting you will be prepared to work in positions such as an accounting clerk, accounting assistant, accounts payable clerk or bookkeeper in both small and large firms, including private insurance companies, tax accounting firms, banks, and credit unions.

Program Certificate & Degree Options

In this program you can earn the following:

Students planning to seek a Bachelor's Degree at a university should explore the ABUS-GR Degree and contact the Transfer Department.

Licensure

Earning a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and completing additional requirements gives accountants the opportunity to sit for the CPA licensure exam. CPA's work in the public or private sector and many are self-employed. For more information, see the AZ State Board of Accountancy criteria.

Employment Outlook

Job growth is expected to continue for many years, allowing plenty of opportunities for work. Those with several years of bookkeeping and accounting skills, including Certified Bookkeepers (CBs) are expected to have the best job prospects.

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