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The Field

Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records. They ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time helping to ensure that organizations run efficiently and according to the law. 

To succeed in accounting, students should possess strong analytical and communication skills. They should also be organized, detail oriented, and enjoy dealing with numbers to interpret facts and figures. Accountants must make sound judgments and be able to clearly communicate the results of their work, orally and in writing, to clients and management. 

The Accounting Program at Skyline College

Enroll in the Accounting program for a challenging academic experience that will prepare you for a variety of positions in the accounting field. Many students find part-time employment in the accounting field after completing the first accounting courses in the program and continue to work while fulfilling program requirements.

Skyline College offers an Associate of Science Degree for students looking for a clear path to transfer to a four-year institution, and two Certificates in Accounting: Computer Specialist and Accounting for students looking to get a leg up in the workplace.

The Accounting Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). For more information go to ACBSP's website.

Career Outlook

Most public accounting and business firms require applicants for accountant and internal auditor positions to have at least a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field. Skyline College can help start you on the path towards a Bachelor’s Degree.

Accounting programs prepare students to work as public accountants, management accountants, government accountants, and internal auditors. Persons trained in accounting may also pursue careers as budget analysts and financial managers.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Accountants in California make an average of $77,420 per year and accountants should see a 13% job growth rate over the next decade, about on par with the national average.