At Jackson College, students can get a great start from professors who strive to make accounting compelling and achievable.

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Accounting equals career opportunity

Accounting careers will see continuing demand in the future. At Jackson College, students can get a great start from professors who strive to make the subject compelling and achievable.

In accounting, students learn how businesses track their income and assets over time. It is the language of commerce and important to a variety of fields, from business and industry to government, education, entertainment, even the legal system. As the marketplace continues to grow and evolve, accounting jobs are as varied and in demand as ever.

New course and new credential

Beginning Fall 2020, Jackson College will offer ACC 250 Technology for Accounting including QuickBooks Online web-based software and QuickBooks Certified User QBCU certification. QuickBooks Online can be used on any device, Mac or Windows and in your preferred configuration such as desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.

QuickBooks is the No. 1 accounting software with 80 percent market share for small to medium sized businesses. QuickBooks includes all critical business functions such as Customers, Sales, Vendors, Costs, Banking, Inventory, Budgeting, Payroll, Month-End and a wide array of customization possibilities for each individual business.

The QBCU Exam is a way to make yourself attractive and viable in today’s job market. Prior to a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or CPA license, the QBCU is a solid, appealing way to set yourself apart and show your commitment to making a difference at your company. Being a QBCU says that you have accounting skills and tech savvy.

Jackson College offers an associate degree in accounting, as well as transfer options. The program can be completed online. Further study will enhance job opportunities.

Professor Suzanne Long aims to show students that accounting can be approachable. “It’s team-based, dynamic, and full of problem solving,” Long said.

Students may work as office assistants, office managers, accounts receivable positions, or with further study and a bachelor’s degree, staff accountants or certified public accountants (CPAs). Accounting students are also in a good position to take strategic positions within companies, because their knowledge helps them understand the inner workings of business.

In-demand accounting positions for 2020 include:

  • Staff Accountant – Associate degree in accounting – $30,000 to $50,000-plus
  • Controller, Business Analyst and Internal Auditor – Bachelor’s degree in accounting – $35,000 to $100,000-plus
  • Senior Accountant – Master’s degree in accounting – $50,000 to $200,000-plus