Students obtaining an Accounting Associates Degree will be able to enter the work force as accounting paraprofessionals with the skills necessary to handle financial accounting tasks such as maintaining a set of books for business entities, account classifications, subsidiary record accounting, fixed and intangible assets, current and long-term liabilities, partnerships, corporations and long-term liabilities. They will also be able to handle managerial accounting tasks such as financial statement analysis, job costing, cost behavior and cost-volume-profit analysis budgets, capital investment analysis; accounting for payroll, using computerized accounting systems, using spreadsheet for accounting applications, and income tax preparation.
Students obtaining an Accounting Diploma will be able to enter the work force as an accounting technician with some responsibilities for financial record keeping. More experience can lead to jobs like Accounts Receivable or Accounts Payable Clerk, Payroll Clerk or Bookkeeper. Students will be able to assist in completing the full accounting cycle, perform the payroll process, prepare both individual and small business taxes, apply professional ethics in the accounting process, and utilize technological resources in the accounting field.
Employment of accountants and auditors alone is expected to grow by 22 percent between through 2018.
Source: Technical College System of Georgia – Knowledge Management System