The Accounting program is an Associate of Applied Science degree program that can prepare you for entry-level positions in an accounting-related career by providing you the technical and other skills you need to be successful.

Because accountants and bookkeepers are an organization’s financial record keepers and assistants to management, graduation from this two-year program with an AAS degree can lead to good-paying career opportunities.

You can complete this program online or on campus!

What you’ll learn

You will learn the principles of accounting and the concepts behind the principles receive up-to-date training on some of the latest accounting software available. You will learn payroll accounting, taxes, managerial accounting, and more. You also will general education and business courses required to obtain this degree, graduates are well equipped to compete for employment.

What you’ll do

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are financial record keepers. They update and maintain accounting records, including those which calculate expenditures, receipts, accounts payable and receivable, and profit and loss. These workers have a wide range of skills from full-charge bookkeepers who can maintain an entire company’s books to accounting clerks who handle specific tasks. All of these clerks make numerous computations each day and increasingly must be comfortable using computers to calculate and record data.

Where the career is going

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks held more than 1.8 million jobs in 2010. They work in all industries and at all levels of government. Local government and the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services industry are among the individual industries employing the largest numbers of these clerks.

Employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is projected to grow by 14 percent between 2010 and 2020. As the number of businesses and organizations increases and financial regulations become stricter, there will be greater demand for these workers to maintain books and provide accounting services. That makes it an excellent career choice. Job opportunities in South Dakota and Rapid City are expected to be excellent.