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Accounting Specialist

Accounting Specialist

Accounting, often called the “language of business,” offers many possibilities for graduates including careers in public accounting, private accounting or governmental and nonprofit accounting. In just 12-24 months, you can be on the road to a successful, recession- proof career. Accountants are getting jobs! As an accounting graduate, you can join others who have found excellent career opportunities in the world of accounting.

You may choose from the two-semester accounting diploma, the five-term Associate in Science Degree, or the one-year Certified Professional Bookkeeper Program. These programs are designed to prepare you for employment in business, governmental agencies, manufacturing entities, legal and accounting firms, insurance offices, and agribusiness firms. If you choose to enroll in the five-term program, you will complete many of the accounting courses offered in most four-year degree programs. All of these programs are available entirely online to provide the flexibility you need to balance your education with work and family responsibilities. 

There is a lot to gain from a career in accounting. Most important, you will learn how the business world works. Accounting jobs offer stimulating and challenging work that is constantly changing. It’s no surprise that many successful business people began their careers in accounting. In fact, the majority of CEO’s of large corporations have a background in accounting! 

The good news is you do not need prior accounting knowledge or a strong background in math to start this program. If you like working with numbers, organizing and analyzing financial data, communicating with people, and learning something new every day, accounting is the right career choice for you!  Contact Iowa Lakes Community College today to jump start your career and learn the “language of business.”

The Curriculum link on the left side is the suggested sequence of courses for both the Accounting Specialist Diploma and the Associate in Science Degree. Additional development courses may be required before you can enroll in college English or mathematics.

Employment Outlook:

“Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This occupation will have a very large number of new jobs arise, about 279,400 over the projections decade. An increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and corporate governance regulations, and increased accountability for protecting an organization's stakeholders will drive job growth. Median annual wages of wage and salary accountants and auditors were $59,430 in May 2008.” 

“Employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is projected to grow by 10 percent during the 2008–18 decade, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. This occupation is one of the largest growth occupations in the economy, with about 212,400 new jobs expected over the projections decade. In May 2008, the median annual wages of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks were $32,510.”  

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks, on the Internet at (visited September 08, 2010)

Degree: Associate in Science
Program Length:
70 Credits (5 semesters)

Degree: Diploma
Program Length:
35 Credits (2 semesters)

Degree: Certificate
Program Length:
28 Credits (2 semesters)

(also available online)

Enrollment Date:
Any semester

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