The Bookkeeping program is a two-semester, one-year diploma program designed to give you the skills you need for the growing number of entry-level bookkeeping positions available.

All of the classes in the Bookkeeping program transfer directly into WDT’s associate of applied science degree program in Accounting. These two programs give you options so you can prepare for the exact career you want.

Either way, there are lots of great jobs available.

Through 2020, the number of bookkeepers and auditing clerks is expected to grow by 9.1 percent in South Dakota. We also expect a 12.2 percent increase in the number of jobs for billing and posting clerks, a related field for which Bookkeeping graduates would be prepared.

Students can complete this program online or on campus!

What you’ll learn

The Bookkeeping program will provide students with technical understanding and skills development by integrating theory with practical experience. Through the program, students will develop skills in accounting principles, finance, payroll accounting, Quickbooks, and more. Students will learn how to complete the typical duties of someone working in the bookkeeping field, including:

  • Using bookkeeping software as well as online spreadsheets and databases
  • Entering (posting) financial transactions into the appropriate computer software
  • Receiving and recording cash, checks, and vouchers
  • Putting costs (debits) as well as income (credits) into the software, assigning each to an appropriate account
  • Producing reports such as income statements (costs compared to income), balance sheets, and totals by account
  • Checking figures, postings, and reports for accuracy
  • Reconciling or noting and reporting any differences they find in the records
What you’ll earn

Skilled employees in the bookkeeping field earn solid wages. The average hourly wage in the Rapid City area is $14.26 an hour.