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  • Why Go Into Accounting
  • Careers
  • Student Stories
  • Why Should You Go Into Accounting?

    An Associate of Science in Accounting Technology or an Accounting Clerk Certificate can prepare you for a wide variety of jobs in the accounting field. Students entering these programs should have a high interest in business operations, demonstrate attention to detail, have a familiarity with computer software, and enjoy working in a team environment. Students can incorporate an interest in both healthcare and accounting by choosing the Healthcare Track in the Accounting Technology Associate of Science. Accounting technicians have the ability to work with and assist certified public accountants or provide independent accounting services.

    Listen to some current and former students talk about their experience in the program!


  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon. For more information go to our Career Coach page.

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



    Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Median Earnings: $36807.31 Annual Openings: 5812
    Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.
    The typical education level for this career is a high school diploma or less
    The median hourly earnings for this career is $17.69/hr
    Accountants Median Earnings: $65245.72 Annual Openings: 4086
    Analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.
    The typical education level for this career is a Bachelor's degree
    The median hourly earnings for this career is $31.36/hr
    Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks Median Earnings: $39133.68 Annual Openings: 496
    Compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks.
    The typical education level for this career is a high school diploma or less
    The median hourly earnings for this career is $18.81/hr
    Auditors Median Earnings: $65245.72 Annual Openings: 4086
    Examine and analyze accounting records to determine financial status of establishment and prepare financial reports concerning operating procedures.
    The typical education level for this career is a Bachelor's degree
    The median hourly earnings for this career is $31.36/hr
  • Hear From Our Students!

    Listen and read what our current and former students think of LBCC and the Accounting Program.

    Angela Meyer

    Angela Meyer, Class of 2010

    Accountant II, OSU Administrative Services

    Angela is responsible for accounting and payments for all campus construction in OSU's Administrative Services Office. Although she started out in a temporary position, she said that it was beneficial to help her gain experience. She advises other students to stick with it, because it will pay off in the end. "One of the key things about LBCC's program is getting to network with other students. It's really important to keep in touch with classmates in the program, because in the job market sometimes whom you know 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."

    Chris Warriner

    Chris Warriner, Class of 2012

    Accounting Technician I, OSU Department of Clinical Sciences

    Chris helps manage finances for the OSU Department of Clinical Sciences. Initially, accounting was not a field he was looking at. After some research on the jobs most likely to have positions available, he found accounting was third on the list. Chris says that his instructor often told the class that, as long as there are businesses, there will be a need for accountants. The program was challenging in a good way, says Chris, and his accounting technology degree from LBCC has really made a difference. "I worked as a manager at Little Caesars in Albany for a few years and did some bookkeeping there, which I kind of liked doing. But I felt like I had gone about as far as I could at the job. After taking an introductory accounting class at LBCC, I found that I really liked accounting and decided to enter the program. The program 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 McCooey

    Jennifer McCooey

    Accounting major

    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 things, accounting could be a good career choice for you. Chris Ruderman has a laid-back teaching style that I like as well. He lets you work ahead, which I like, and he will sit with you to help you figure it out if you are struggling with a concept. He also includes real-world examples that go along with what we are working on, which helps to visualize how accounting plays into business."

Accounting Lab

Work alone or with fellow students on homework in our accounting lab!