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Accounting (AS)

Why Choose Accounting?

This career teaches students various accounting methods and how to audit records to ensure they comply with tax laws and other standards. They also learn how to create and review financial records. The growth in this field is also very steady.

Skills Acquired

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks:

  • Examine financial statements to ensure they are accurate and comply with laws and regulations
  • Computer taxes owed, prepare tax returns, and ensure that taxes are paid properly and on time.
  • Inspect account books and accounting systems for efficiency and use of accepted accounting procedures.
  • Organize and maintain financial records
  • Assess financial operations and make best-practices recommendations to management
  • Suggest ways to reduce costs, enhance revenues, and improve profits

Recognition

Normandale's Accounting Programs are nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Careers in Accounting

Projected Job Growth

According to iseek.org, job growth for the field of accounting will be 10.6%. There will be a need for about 7,750 new Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks to meet market demand between 2010 and 2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Types of Jobs

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Individuals taking Accounting may choose to focus on the following careers:

  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
  • Budget Analysts
  • College Business Teachers
  • Credit Analysts
  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial Examiners
  • Financial Managers
  • Tax Examiners and Collectors

 

Average State Pay

Median salary in the state of Minnesota is $36,650 (or $17.62 per hour).

Description

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Accounting programs teach students various accounting methods and how to audit records to ensure they comply with tax laws and other standards. They also learn how to create and review financial records.

Degrees in Accounting

The Associate of Science degree in Accounting is designed for possible employment at the associate degree level, and for transfer to a bachelors of science programs at some Minnesota state colleges and universities, private colleges and the University of Minnesota.

The Associate of Science Degree in Accounting includes the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

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This degree is designed for possible employment at the associate degree level and for transfer to a Bachelor of Science program at some Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, private colleges and the University of Minnesota. The Associate of Science Degree in Accounting includes the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Completion of this degree is dependent upon a grade of C or higher in each of the Professional Technical courses and General Education.

Specialized Career Requirements: 19-20 credits

Code Title Credits
ACCT 1853 Federal Income Tax 4
ACCT 2251 Financial Accounting 4
ACCT 2252 Managerial Accounting 4
ACCT 2254 Introduction to Management Information Systems 4
or BUSN 1201 Information Technology Concepts and Business Software 1 3
BUSN 2220 Statistics for Business and Economics 4
or MATH 1080 Introduction to Statistics 4
or MATH 1090 STATWAY Statistics 2 4

* BUSN 1201 recommended for students considering transfer to a bachelor's degree completion program.

General Education Requirements: 40 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
or COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
or COMM 1121 Small Group Communication 3
MATH 1100 College Algebra and Probability 4
ECON 2201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 2202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 4
or SOC 1104 Introduction to Sociology 3

Elective Courses

If necessary, select other Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses to total 40 credits of General Education Requirements and 60 credits overall.