BUSINESS

Accounting

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CMC is one of the top accounting schools in Colorado, and our accounting degree program offers you the opportunity to develop a mixture of basic communication and mathematics skills, technical accounting and computer skills, and basic business skills necessary to success in a business world that increasingly relies on information processing communication.

The accounting certificate program provides you with entry-level skills as an accounting clerk or bookkeeper. If you are currently employed, the certificate program provides an opportunity for job upgrading.

What will I learn?

  • Measurement / Accounting professionals are frequently called upon to provide "measurements." Measures should be both relevant and reliable (GAAP / OCBOA).
  • Reporting / Communicating the scope of work and findings or recommendations is an integral part of a professional service.
  • Research / The individual preparing to enter the accounting profession needs to have strong research skills to access relevant guidance or other information, understand it, and apply it.
  • Technology / Individuals entering the accounting profession must acquire the necessary skills to use technology tools effectively and efficiently to enhance personal, functional and broad-business perspective competencies.

Career Opportunities

For anyone looking to get an accounting degree in Colorado, our accounting program provides you with entry-level skills in the field of accounting. Graduates will be prepared for employment as:

  • Bookkeepers
  • Accounting paraprofessionals
  • Accounting assistants
  • Computer accounting assistants in public accounting, industry and government.

If you are currently employed, the accounting degree offers the opportunity for job upgrading. If you wish to transfer, consider the Associate of Arts Program.

Career Opportunities

Job Market

Source: U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

Job Outlook

Employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is projected to decline 4 percent from 2018 to 2028.

Technological change is expected to reduce demand for these workers. Software innovations, such as cloud computing, have automated many of the tasks performed by bookkeepers. As a result, the same amount of bookkeeping work can be done with fewer employees, which is expected to lead to job losses for bookkeepers over the next 10 years.

With more routinized tasks automated, bookkeepers are expected to take on a more analytical and advisory role over the next 10 years. For example, rather than performing manual data entry, bookkeepers will focus more on analyzing their clients’ books and pointing out potential areas for efficiency gains.

Job Prospects

Because bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks constitute a large occupation, there will be a large number of job openings from workers leaving the occupation. Thus, opportunities to enter the occupation should be plentiful, despite the slight projected decline in employment.

Pay

The median annual wage for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks was $41,230 in May 2019. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,870, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $62,410.

In May 2019, the median annual wages for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Professional, scientific, and technical services$43,540
Finance and insurance42,860
Wholesale trade42,250
Healthcare and social assistance40,350
Retail trade36,200

Most bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks work full time. They may work longer hours to meet deadlines at the end of the fiscal year, during tax time, or when monthly or yearly accounting audits are performed.

Job Market

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Accounting

Associate of Applied Science / Emphasis

Accounting: Bookkeeper Certificate

Certificate of Occupational Proficiency

Bookkeeper