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The accountants of today are highly skilled professionals with good communications skills. Desired traits in candidates include the ability to think logically and critically about varied financial and non-financial details of a business entity.

Skills in reading, mathematics, computer technology, analysis, and communication (both written and oral) are necessary in this field, as well as the ability to work well as a member of a cross-functional management team, providing financial insight and guidance to other members of management.

Graduates can find employment in fields as varied as bookkeeping to auditing. Students can work for private industry, CPA firms, or government agencies in these fields.

Students who enjoy working with numbers and solving problems are likely to enjoy working in business offices with payroll, bookkeeping, or accounts receivable or payable.

Jobs in auditing require some investigative skills, while research skills are important for persons wishing to work preparing tax returns or with insurance or investment businesses.

All businesses and governments need personnel with accounting skills. People with the ability to use accounting principles to make decisions are in high demand. In addition, since they have an understanding of all facets of business, they often advance to managerial positions.

The instructional program focuses on many business functions including economics, management, human resources, the financial markets, the law, and ethical issues. Accounting studies emphasize learning the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), among other professional accounting and auditing standards. Professionalism is a key element emphasized in the program. Students learn that accountants are more than "number-crunchers." They are both valued management partners and protectors of the public trust.

Classes include principles of financial accounting, managerial accounting, income taxes, intermediate accounting, auditing, accounting software applications, and payroll accounting.

Computer technology and accounting software are changing the accounting profession by making reports and accounting studies easier to compile.

The Accounting curriculum is challenging by most standards, but the rewards are many. It challenges students to look beyond the obvious, to be critical thinkers and have a skeptical nature. It is important for students to stay current with their assignments and attend class regularly.

Accounting classes are available during the day and evening at the Lee County Campus in Sanford. Some classes are available through distance education.

Do I have to be good in mathematics to be successful in accounting?

While mathematics skills are helpful, it's only one small part of Accounting.

What are some of the career options after completing the Accounting program?

Career options for accounting graduates include entry-level opportunities in CPA firms, private industry, government and other fields.

Do all accountants sit behind a desk all day?

No. Many of the career options in accounting involve field work, extensive client interviews, inspection, advising, and other activities that are primarily conducted outside of the office.

Does my accounting education end at CCCC?

While many students finish with a two-year degree, others pursue the CPA and/or other professional certifications. For information regarding the CPA exam requirements, click here. Or learn about the CPA Certificate Applicant 150 Semester-Hour Requirement.

What Students Learn - Accounting

Students successfully completing the Accounting Program will be able to:

  • Analyze financial and non-financial business data.
  • Interpret data for reporting purposes, using applicable accounting standards.
  • Form recommendations for business leadership based upon proper data analysis.
  • Demonstrate acceptable written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate acceptable oral communication skills.
  • Update manual and computerized accounting records using journals and ledgers.
  • Prepare financial statements and reports for internal and external use.
  • Perform payroll duties utilizing necessary information and applicable laws.
  • Perform income tax compliance duties and planning analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical understanding and judgment.

What Students Learn - Income Tax Preparer Certificate

Students successfully completing the Income Tax Preparer Certificate will be able to:

  • Analyze financial and non-financial business data.
  • Interpret data for reporting purposes, using applicable accounting standards.
  • Demonstrate acceptable written communication skills.
  • Update accounting records using journals and ledgers.
  • Prepare financial statements and reports for internal and external use.
  • Perform income tax compliance duties and planning analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical understanding and judgment.
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