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Accounting Assistant

Location: Coeur d'Alene, Online

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Program Description

The Accounting Assistant program prepares students for occupational opportunities in the field of bookkeeping including payroll clerk, accounts receivable clerk, accounts payable clerk, and full-charge bookkeeper. Bookkeeping and related fields involve the day-to-day analyzing and recording of business transactions, preparing payroll, preparing financial reports, filing state and federal forms, and analysis and decision making.

Students will complete general education, general business, and accounting specific courses that will lead to an intermediate technical certificate, an advanced technical certificate, or an associate of applied science degree. Emphasis is placed on manual and computerized accounting applications, current business taxes, credit, collection, and payroll. During the final semester of the A.A.S. degree, students will participate in an accounting internship which is the capstone course for this program. The internship will include tips on job hunting, 135 hours of an off-campus internship, resume writing, interviewing skills, and occupational relations.

Note: To meet industry recommendations keyboarding skills need to be at least 35 wpm with 95% accuracy. Keyboarding skill will be assessed in the CAOT-120 course.

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Quick Facts: Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
2021 Median Pay $45,560 per year
$21.90 per hour 
Typical Entry-Level Education Some college, no degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Moderate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2021 1,707,800
Job Outlook, 2021-31 --5% (Decline)
Employment Change, 2021-31 -77,200

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Program Snapshot

Degree Type Duration Path Credits
Intermediate Technical Certificate 2 Semesters Full-time 33-35 Degree requirements
Advanced Technical Certificate 4 Semesters Full-time 53-55 Degree requirements
Associate of Applied Science Degree 4/6 Semesters Full-time / Part-time 63-65 Degree requirements

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