Continuing education courses create pathways to career advancement. Towson University Continuing & Professional Studies offers a nine-week program in accounting and bookkeeping that will put you on the path to success.
Demand is high
Especially with tax season upon us, it becomes clear that there will always be a high demand for accountants. And, because of that demand, employment within the field is growing. As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in positions such as accountants, auditors, accounting specialists, and more are forecast to grow 10 percent, adding roughly 140,000 jobs through 2026. The reasons? Increased globalization, a stabilized and growing economy, and complicated regulations and tax environment that keeps the demand for accountants high.
Pursuing a career in accounting also allows for a potential of high earnings. One main reason for this is that, usually, to get started in the field, one must already have a Bachelor’s Degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top 10 percent in the field earn an average of $111,510 per year. For entry level positions, such as an accounting clerk or accounting assistant, the average earnings per year are $30,000–40,000, depending on one’s position in the accounting department. The more time and skills one obtains in the field yields higher salaries.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accounting is a growing field for anyone wanting to establish a career over the next 10 years. This is a field where you can enjoy a rewarding a career from an entry-level first job to senior positions through retirement.
Certificates to degrees
You can earn a certification in accounting and bookkeeping and be equipped to start working in the field right away. At the Towson University Continuing & Professional Studies, our nine-week Accounting & Bookkeeping Specialist Program teaches the complete accounting cycle including asset, liability and capital accounts, double-entry bookkeeping, and journals and ledgers. Recording transactions, calculating payroll, and completing the general ledger and financial statements are also part of the curriculum. Additionally you will learn:
- How to handle the typical accounting issues and problems of small to mid-size organizations. These include year-end adjusting entries, how to set up accounting and record-keeping systems, cash versus accrual-basis accounting, and how to remove non-business transactions from the accounting records.
- How to handle the specific accounting requirements of certain types of businesses, including small contractors and nonprofit organizations.
- How to use QuickBooks, the most popular accounting software program for small and mid-sized organizations.