Accounting and Finance
Degree and Certificate Information
- Associate in Science Degree / Accounting
- Associate in Science Degree / Finance
- Certificate / Accounting --- Click here for Gainful Employment details.
- Certificate of Proficiency / Accounting for Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Inventory
- Certificate of Proficiency / Governmental, Not-for-Profit Accounting
- Certificate of Proficiency / Individual Income Tax
- Certificate of Proficiency / Payroll Accounting
- Certificate of Proficiency / QuickBooks Pro
For degree, certificate and short-term opportunities in other business-related programs, also visit:
- Business Administration program web page
- Hospitality & Tourism Business Management program web page
- Office Administration program web page
What can I do with a degree in Finance?
The Finance AS degree prepares students for careers in finance and the financial services industry. The degree is designed for individuals who want training in income taxation, finance, money and banking, and investments. Students who successfully complete the program should be able to: 1) perform basic financial and accounting tasks both manually and using a computer; and, 2) demonstrate the relationships among the various business functions such as accounting, finance, marketing, purchasing, operations, and human resources.
What can I do with a degree in Accounting?
The Accounting AS degree provides students with basic skills to compete for entry-level accounting positions in private industry, state and local government, and public accounting firms. Students who successfully complete the program will be able to: 1) perform basic bookkeeping and accounting tasks both manually and using a computer; 2) demonstrate the relationships among the various business functions such as accounting, finance, marketing, purchasing, operations, and human resources; and, 3) demonstrate computer proficiency.
What can I do with the Accounting Certificate?
The accounting certificate (56-64 credits) offers the range of clerical and accounting skills needed to perform full-charge bookkeeping tasks for a small business accurately and efficiently. Employees in this position will use both manual and computerized systems, and will work under the supervision of an accountant. Short-term Certificates of Proficiency (20 credits or less) are available for those who want to hone their skills in a specialized area of accounting (see above).
What is the application process?
There is no special program application for the Accounting or Finance programs.
Career & Salary Outlook
Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks may start at $14.72 per hour, whereas financial services sales agents may start at $13.51 per hour; the respective average hourly wages in Whatcom County are $18.05 and $26.82. A first-line manager or supervisor may start at $19.57 per hour; the average wage is $24.68 per hour.
Sources: CareerOneStop 2012; WA State Employment Security Department, September 2013
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