ACCOUNTING CAREERS

  • Class Time: Day or Evening, Traditional, Blended, and Online Classes
  • Semester: Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie
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OVERVIEW

Accountants process the financial transactions and information for businesses, government, and non-profit entities. The study of accounting will familarize students with the "language of business."  It is a vital part of virtually every business organization. 

At HTC, you willl learn how to design financial systems, record information, and interpret profit and loss statements. From income statement preparation and data processing to cost accounting and payroll, you will develop skills to launch or advance your career. 


Labs and Classrooms

The Accounting classrooms use computers and industry standard software.

Supplies/Tools

Accounting textbooks can be found in the Campus Store. Other than a few books, it is recommended that you have a personal computer with internet access. Students are encouraged to have the most current version of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint software for assignments. The Campus Store also has this software available for students at a nice discount.

Entry Requirements

The Accounting program prepares you for just about any kind of entry accounting position in the workforce. There are no other additional requirements to begin the Accounting major beside the regular admissions process.


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Work Environment

As you can imagine, Accountants work in an office environment and heavily relies on computer technology. Many changes happen in this area, so it is important to know the basics as well as to stay informed about new laws and procedures.

Job Outlook

In Minnesota, about 25,833 accountants and auditors work in this occupation field. Major employers are: accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll firms, federal, state, local government agencies, and business management companies.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT

Salary

According to Iseek.org, in 2013, the median hourly wage for accountants is $29.01.

Potential Job Titles

Accountant, Bookkeeper, Accounting Clerk, Payroll Specialist, Tax Preparer, Staff Accountant, Controller

Accreditation/Affiliations

Hennepin Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the HLC Academic Quality Improvement Program.

The Accounting Careers Department has recently been accredtied by the ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs).


Articulations

If you choose to further your education after graduating from HTC, the college has several articulation agreements for you to choose from:

  • Metro State University - Bachelor's in Accounting
  • Concordia College - Bachelor's in Accounting
  • St. Mary's University - Bachelor's in Accounting
  • Southwest State University - Bachelor's in Accounting

For a complete list of current articulation agreements, visit the Minnesota Transfer website.

Advisory Committee/Partners

The Accounting Department at HTC relies on an advisory committee for advice, guidance, and approval for major department decisions. Members of the committee consist of upper level accounting professionals currently working in the accounting profession.

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