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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.

What is unique about the Accounting programs at Iowa Lakes?

First, accounting is a recession-proof career; people always need their accountants!  Second, Iowa Lakes’ graduates get jobs – good jobs!  Finally, the caring faculty at Iowa Lakes Community College help every student find their pathway to success.

What accounting programs are offered at Iowa Lakes?

  • Accounting Diploma – Two Semesters
  • Accounting Specialist – Two Years
  • Certified Professional Bookkeeper – Two Semesters
  • Accounting Transfer 

What types of accounting positions are graduates prepared for?

  • Staff Accountant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Cost Accountant
  • Payroll Accountant
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Office Manager
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Billing Specialist
  • Inventory Clerk

Where do accounting graduates get jobs?

  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • CPA Firms
  • Insurance Companies
  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Agricultural Industries
  • Educational Institutions
  • Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies
  • Hospitals and Health Care Providers

What is the employment outlook for accountants?

Money magazine called accounting one of the nation’s 50 hottest jobs!

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists accounting as one of the top 10 most in-demand degrees!

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says, “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.

What prior knowledge and skills are needed to study accounting at Iowa Lakes?

The good news is you do not need prior accounting knowledge or a strong background in math to join an accounting program at Iowa lakes.  If you like working with numbers, organizing and analyzing financial data, communicating with people, and learning something new every day, accounting is the right choice for you!

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

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

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

Campus
Algona
Emmetsburg
Estherville
Spencer
Spirit Lake
(also available online)

Enrollment Date:
Any semester

Questions or comments? Please email us at info@iowalakes.edu or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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