Wondering what your career journey might look like with an Accounting Technology degree? Here’s how three LBCC students experienced it.
Accountant II, OSU Administrative Services
Angela is responsible for accounting and payments for all campus construction in Oregon State University's Administrative Services Office. She advises other students to stick with it.
“One of the key things about LBCC's program is networking with other students. It's important to keep in touch, because in the job market sometimes they can help you get your foot in the door. I really wanted to work for a school district — and here I am, partly due to one of my classmates working here. I love it here.”
Accounting Technician I, OSU Department of Clinical Sciences
Chris helps manage finances for Oregon State University’s Department of Clinical Sciences. Initially, he wasn’t considering accounting as a field. Yet after researching the jobs most likely to have positions available, he found accounting was a good option. Chris’s instructor often told his class that as long as there are businesses, there will be a need for accountants.
“I worked as a manager at Little Caesars in Albany for a few years and did some bookkeeping there, which I kind of liked. But I had gone about as far as I could there. After taking an introductory class at LBCC, I found I really liked accounting and decided to enter the program, which took accounting to a whole new level. As I started to see the bigger picture and how everything fit, I realized it's like one great big puzzle waiting to be solved. Now, I absolutely love my job.”
Jennifer did her research and found that starting wages with a two-year degree — or a one-year accounting degree — were significantly higher than most jobs. Every business needs some kind of accountant, says Jennifer, so there is definitely a job market out there.
“I really clicked with the concepts of accounting. And you don't have to be a math brain, either. I would say you need three things: some basic math skills, organization skills, and a good memory. If you have those, accounting could be a good career choice for you.”