Accounting and Bookkeeping

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What will I do?

Bookkeepers typically work in office environments. They usually work with accounting software, recording financial transactions, updating statements, and checking financial records for accuracy.

What classes will I take?

You will take computer classes, classes in payroll, and basic accounting classes.

What skills do I need to start school?

You will need to be able to use a computer and learn how to use special software. You will need to be able to type quickly and accurately. You will need to be able to do simple math using addition and subtraction.

What can I do with a certificate?

A certificate prepares you for an entry-level job as a bookkeeping clerk. Bookkeeping clerks do a variety of things, including recording bank withdrawals, assisting with payroll, and preparing financial statements.

How long does it take to complete a certificate?

You can typically complete the certificate in two semesters.

What are the next steps in a pathway?

There are many related certificates that you can pursue. Some schools offer certificates in payroll, Microsoft Excel, tax preparation, and accounting. Your credits should transfer to an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

What can I do with an associate’s degree?

Someone with an associate’s degree may work as an accounting assistant. The responsibilities of accounting clerks frequently vary by level of experience.

What can I do with an bachelor’s degree?

A bachelor’s degree prepares you for a variety of accounting- and financial-related careers in business, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations.  You can work as an accountant, auditor, tax accountant,  financial analyst, or business manager.

If you decide to get a bachelor’ degree, please make sure that the program prepares you to take the CPA exam so you can become a Certified Public Accountant.

What are some challenges?

Working as a bookkeeper or an accountant, you will typically work by yourself in front of a computer all day, if you are a very social person or get bored easily, then you will not like this job!

How easy will it be to get a job?

Bookkeeping is not a growing field because much of this work can be done by computers; however, there are jobs available. The accounting field is growing faster than average.

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