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Chart Your Course in Accounting

Accountants are trained to analyze, interpret and record financial information regarding the operations and financials of businesses and organizations. These skills put them (and can put you) in very high demand by employers. 

 As an accounting student at Normandale you’ll gain valuable, in-demand business skills.  

You’ll learn all about the tools of the trade: financial statements, tax returns, spreadsheets, and accounting software.  

Plus, you’ll acquire hands-on, real-world knowledge from experienced instructors who understand what it takes to be successful in accounting. They will prepare you for your next step, whether you choose to transfer to a four-year college, or jump into the workforce after graduation. 


Median wage for accountants and auditors in Minnesota


The number of accountants and auditors needed to fill positions through 2030


5-Star Rating, Accounting careers are currently in high demand

Where Will Accounting Take You?

The types of tasks and responsibilities will vary, but throughout your career you’ll be relied upon for your critical thinking skills, your ability to analyze data, and your knowledge of up-to-date accounting practices and tools. 

You can work in a variety of settings, from small to large businesses, to governmental agencies, to accounting firms and nonprofits. 

Here’s the kind of work you may do: 

  • Develop and analyze financial statements 
  • Compute taxes and prepare tax returns 
  • Keep the books, and ensure accounting systems are running smoothly 
  • Assess financial operations and make best-practices recommendations  
  • Analyze ways to reduce costs, boost revenues and profits 

 Here’s a short list of the types of jobs accounting students pursue: 

  • Accountants and auditors 
  • Bookkeepers and clerks 
  • Budget analysts 
  • Credit analysts 
  • Financial analysts 
  • Financial managers 
  • Tax examiners  

What Makes Normandale’s Accounting Program Unique?

When you study accounting at Normandale, you’ll have two options. You can pursue: 

 Associate of Science Degree in Accounting

Two-year program designed for seamless transfer to one of seven Minnesota State colleges.  

 Accounting Certificate

Need to improve your technical accounting skills? Or are you looking for an entry-level accounting job? Get started with this certificate.  

The whole subject of accounting is very interesting to me. Whenever I had an accounting class, that was a relaxing moment. I enjoyed the process and I feel ready to pursue it as my career.

Mariia Lukyanchuk, Class of 2021 , Normandale accounting student

Accounting Program Basics

Take courses like Financial and Managerial Accounting, learn the ins and outs of computerized accounting, get the technical know-how to streamline the accounting process, and much more.  

Accounting Faculty

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