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What Will I Learn?

As a student studying accounting at Heartland Community College, you will begin to study general accounting principles and their application to small businesses, be introduced to software used for accounting information systems, and learn about the federal tax structure and reporting requirements for small businesses. Advanced courses include Financial Accounting, which places emphasis on understanding and applying basic accounting principles and other concepts that guide the reporting of the effects of common business transactions, and Managerial Accounting, which covers the identification, accumulation and interpretation of information for planning, controlling and evaluating the performance of the separate components of a business.

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

Accountants and auditors, beyond carrying out the fundamental tasks of the occupation--preparing, analyzing, and verifying financial documents in order to provide information to clients, are required to possess a wide range of knowledge and skills. Accountants and auditors are broadening the services they offer to include budget analysis, financial and investment planning, information technology consulting, and limited legal services.

In 2010 in the State of Illinois, the median annual salary earnings of accountants and auditors was $63,740.1

What Are My Options?

A Certificate in Accounting Foundations can be earned by completing 18-19 credit hours. This certificate prepares students for entry level positions in accounting, bookkeeping, and auditing.

The Associates Degree with emphasis in Accounting is designed for students planning to complete the first two years of study leading to a baccalaureate degree and major in accounting at a four-year college or university.

  1. Department of Employment Security, State of Illinois, Wage Data 2011, on the Internet at http://www.ides.illinois.gov/Custom/Library/publications/Publications/WageData2011.pdf (visited June 1, 2012)