Is This Occupation for You?
If you are an energetic self-starter, inquisitive, adaptable, analytical, and a forward thinker with good communications skills, you may have what it takes to be successful in the accounting field.
Students entering the Accounting Associate Degree program should:
- Have good analytical skills and work well with details.
- Like to organize information.
- Work well under the stress of deadlines.
- Associate degree requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
- Face-to-face and online classes.
- High school articulation courses accepted.
- Financial aid available.
- Classes start in August or January.
- Modified plans available.
- Articulation agreements in place for transfer to four-year university programs.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Journalize advanced business transactions from source document in special journals and registers.
- Post data from journals and registers to the general ledger and maintain accuracy utilizing subsidiary ledgers.
- Prepare detailed financial statements, documents, and reports using appropriate technology.
- Accurately complete payroll records and reports.
- Accurately complete income tax forms (federal and state) for individuals.
- Utilize computers and calculators as they apply to the accounting field.
- Design business procedures and processes utilizing manual and computerized accounting systems.
- Read, communicate, and write proficiently.
- Work productively with others in a variety of situations.
- Interpret current business trends and act professionally and ethically.
- Analyze business situations and apply problem-solving techniques.
Technical Skill Attainment (TSA)
This TSA scoring guide will be used to document your attainment of technical program outcomes for the Accounting Degree. To meet the requirements on the scoring guide, you will be asked to draw upon the skills and concepts that have been developed throughout the program and are necessary for successful employment in your field. Results will be used to inspire continual improvement of teaching and learning in Wisconsin Technical College System. In addition, this assessment will provide feedback to you about your performance.
Job openings in the accounting field are expected to remain strong. As all organizations, including government, public accounting firms, service businesses, financial institutions, and manufacturing companies, require accounting services. The following are some typical jobs that a graduate of the Accounting program may enter:
- Cost Accountant
- Public Accountant
- Staff Accountant
- Tax Accountant
- Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk
- Account Manager
- Account Specialist
- Payroll Accountant
- Governmental Accountant
- Not-for-Profit Accountant