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A background in accounting develops strong analytical and critical thinking skills. That foundation prepares you for employment opportunities in nearly every industry. Accounting courses at Heartland explore the fundamentals of accounting, industry practices and economic theories. You'll gain skills in managing financial transactions, accounting records, financial statements, reports and summaries. In addition, you'll learn about tax reporting, computer technology and general business skills.

As an accounting student at Heartland you can get involved in the Business Club and may be eligible two join the Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honors Society. Many HCC accounting faculty members are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) engaged in active practice. That brings real-world relevance to your classroom experiences.

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 13% from 2012 to 2022. Many accountants advance their career opportunities by becoming Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). The number of jobs for individuals interested working as bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks will remain steady during that same period*.

* Bureau Of Labor Statistics, U.s. Department Of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition

There are different paths into this field. Consider your career goals and personal interests, and then choose the option that best meets your needs.

1. Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university:

Associate in Arts - Concentration in Accounting

If you plan to complete the first two years of study at Heartland and then continue your studies as an accounting major at a four-year institution in Illinois, the Associate in Arts (AA) transfer preparation program is the path for you.

By continuing your accounting studies, and with license acquisition, you also may find employment as a(n):

  • Accountant/CPA
  • Auditor
  • Tax Accountant
  • Financial Manager
  • Budget Analyst
  • Inventory Control Specialist

2. Earn your Heartland certificate and transition directly into the workforce:

Accounting Foundations Certificate

your goal is to move directly into the workforce after graduating from Heartland, you can earn an Accounting Foundations Certificate. It provides an introductory background in accounting that allows you to pursue such career options as a(n):

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business Office Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk