Careers

Accounting positions exist in public accounting, retail, industrial manufacturing businesses, and in various government agencies. Career opportunities include accounting clerk, full-charge bookkeeper, junior accountant, internal auditor, and management trainee.

These positions manage the financial records of companies or clients, documenting and recording financial information for use in reports, research, financial statements and payrolls. In smaller offices, accountants handle all finances and record accounting transactions and reconciliations, prepared bank deposits, and prepare financial statements and other reports for managers and supervisors.

In larger offices, entry-level positions enter the details of transactions, find the totals for accounts, compute interest charges, and monitor loans, as well as maintain responsibility for accounts payable and receivable. More experienced accountants may be responsible for payroll, cost accounting, and the entire accounting cycle.

Most accountants use computerized accounting software and must ensure that their actions comply with generally accepted accounting principles, federal and state laws, and company policies and procedures.

Information on associated occupations, cost of attendance, loan debt for completers, and on-time completion rates for certificates can be found under Gainful Employment.

For more information on these careers, as well as the current employment outlook, visit the U.S. Department of Labor and Oregon Employment Department websites.