ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE ACCOUNTING TECHNOLOGY

2015 – 2016

Accounting Technology is considered a Bright Look Occupation. A Bright Look Occupation is:

  • Projected to grow much faster than average (employment increase of 29% or more) over the period 2010-2020
  • Projected to have 100,000 or more job openings over the period 2010-2020

According to the Census Bureau, associate degree holders earn an average of $400,000 more over a lifetime than high-school graduates.

With an associate degree in accounting technology under your belt, you’ll be prepared for a number of entry-level accounting jobs. These areas in particular have the hottest job prospects:

1. ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE/PAYABLE CLERK

One such occupation is an accounts receivable/payable clerk. According to CBSalary.com, earnings start at between $21,000 and $27,000 — though you could rack up overtime pay, too – and reach nearly $50,000 with experience.

2. BOOKKEEPER

Bookkeepers often work for small businesses and are charged with recording transactions, costs and income. These professionals then produce financial statements with the information they’ve received and submit them to their managers and supervisors. They also may handle payroll, make purchases and keep track of other information depending on the business.

According to PayScale.com, bookkeepers are often paid at an hourly rate. This rate ranged from $11.73-$17.76 as reported in August 2010. Between salaries, overtime, a bonus and profit sharing, the total pay for a bookkeeper in 2010 came out to $25,342-$39,718. Popular career fields for bookkeepers may include construction, accounting and tax services, law and real estate.

3. ACCOUNTING CLERKS

Accounting clerks do similar work to bookkeepers, though they often work for larger companies. These professionals post details of transactions, accounts and interest. They may also monitor the financial goings-on of a company, including loans and accounts, to make sure financial deals and information are up to date.

According to PayScale.com in August 2010, the hourly rate of an accounting clerk ranged from $11.96-$16.05; along with overtime, a bonus and profit sharing, the total earnings came out to $26,325-$36,561 on average. Those with less than a year of experience made between $25,000 and $36,000 in 2010, while those who’d worked as accounting clerks for 10-20 years made more than $40,000. Accounting clerks often find work in manufacturing, distribution, healthcare and the automotive business.

4. AUDITING CLERKS

Auditing clerks verify records of transactions made by a company’s workforce. They check postings and documents to make sure all are accurate and coded properly. These professionals use spreadsheets, databases and accounting software to conduct their business.

According to PayScale.com, auditing clerks earned $10.09-$13.93 per hour as of August 2010. This, combined with overtime and a bonus, added up to between $22,040 and $34,033 per year. Auditing clerks often find work with the casino, hotel, healthcare and accounting industries.

Accounting operations have undergone tremendous changes recently due to growth in accounting technology. Accounting technology enables accountants to manage accounts and perform accounting operations using accounting software or financial management software, which are helpful to track transactions, categorize income and expenses, calculate taxes, facilitate bill payments, create financial reports, and analyze investments.

What makes our program different from other schools teaching a similar program?

  • Lower tuition and fees
  • Learning more accounting software / financial management software applications than any other accounting program
  • Accounting skills using technology

You will learn the following applications that will help you find employment quickly such as:

  • MS Office applications such as Word, Excel (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) and Access
  • Sage50 (previously known as Peachtree)
  • QuickBooks

This program prepares students for entry-level career positions and other professional related fields in accounting.

2015 – 2016

ACCOUNTING TECHNOLOGY

CIP: 52.0302 SOC: 13-2010

90 Quarter Credits

FEES INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM: Registration Fee: $150.00; Tuition: $120.00 per quarter credit; Technology Fee: $22 per quarter credit.

Disclosure: Tuition fees are subject to change with prior notice.

OTHER FEES NOT INCLUDED IN PROGRAM: Please read: Fees and Payment Schedule in catalog.

BOOKS/ MATERIALS INCLUDED IN PROGRAM: None

PROGRAM OBJECTIVE: The program objectives are: (1) An understanding of the general context of business in society (2) the ethical issues relevant to the accounting profession (3) effective analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills; (4) acquisition of technical accounting knowledge and skills and related computer technology; and (5) ability to make significant professional contributions by application of accounting knowledge and skills in profit and not-for-profit organizations.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This program prepares students for entry-level positions and professional careers in accounting and related fields.

PRE-REQUISITES: None

CURRICULUM OUTLINE

A full time student taking 13.5 quarter credit hours will complete the program in seven quarters. A part-time student taking less than 13.5 quarter credit hours has one year to complete a quarter and six years to complete the program.

CODES COURSE TITLE Quarter Credit Hours
EDU101 Student Success Workshop 4.5
COMP101 Microcomputer Essentials 4.5
ACT101 Principles of Accounting I 4.5
MEX202 Microsoft Excel I & Access for Accounting 4.5
CIS101 Core Concepts of Accounting Information Systems I 4.5
ACT102 Principles of Accounting II 4.5
BUS101 Principles of Business 4.5
FMA201 Financial and Managerial Accounting I 4.5
CIS102 Core Concepts of Accounting Information Systems II 4.5
FMA202 Financial and Managerial Accounting II 4.5
ENC200 English Composition 1 (Gen Ed) 4.5
BUS220 Business Ethics 4.5
MAC101 College Algebra I (Gen Ed) 4.5
CAC101 Cost Accounting I 4.5
QBK101 Sage 50 Accounting Software/Quick Books 4.5
CAC102 Cost Accounting II 4.5
STA201 Statistical Methods (Gen Ed) 4.5
BUS201 Economics (Gen Ed) 4.5
INC201 Income Tax 4.5

 

SPSY400 Social Psychology (Gen Ed) 4.5
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Total Quarter Credits 90

 

Upon completion of the program, the student will receive an Associate of Science in Accounting Technology and transcripts.

DISCLOSURE: Upon completion student may seek employment in Accounting and related fields.

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