Accounting Technician




The Accounting Technician Program is a very challenging program designed to train accounting technicians who generally work in bookkeeping/accounting operations in business or accounting departments or as para-professionals assisting professional accountants.

Coursework includes courses in accounting theory, computer technology, and general education that are designed to assure graduates possess the skills necessary to clearly communicate the results of their work, both orally and in writing. Students will become proficient in the latest computerized accounting applications and other prominent software used in the accounting field.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to do the following:

  • Perform accounting procedures including journalizing transactions, preparing financial statements, and completing bank reconciliation.
  • Effectively use QuickBooks and Microsoft Office software to create reports, perform financial transactions, and complete tasks typically found in a business environment.
  • Prepare payroll reports in compliance with federal, state and local tax law.
  • Classify this information and maintain records for future analysis and tax purposes.
  • Communicate key accounting information effectively and precisely.
  • Act independently and as a team member to complete required projects and tasks effectively and within stated deadlines with confidence, competence, and professionalism.

Required Courses:

  • ACCT 102 Fundamentals of Accounting (2)
  • ACCT 161 Internship (2)
  • ACCT 200 Elements of Accounting I (3)
  • ACCT 201 Elements of Accounting II (3)
  • ACCT 212 Payroll Accounting II (3)
  • ACCT 218 Computer Applications in Business (3)
  • BADM 201 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • BADM 202 Principles of Management (3)
  • BADM 215 Leadership Development (3)
  • BADM 224 Management Information Systems (3)
  • BOTE 107 Customer Service Strategies (3)
  • BOTE 108 Business Math (3)
  • BOTE 127 Information Processing (3)
  • BOTE 177 Job Readiness (1)
  • BOTE 211 Business Communications (3)
  • BOTE 247 Spreadsheet Applications (3)
  • CIS 274 Project Management (3)

Related General Education Courses:

  • COMM Communication Requirement (See GEN ED Matrix) (3)
  • ENGL 105 Technical Communication Or ENGL 110 Composition I (3)
  • PSYC 100 Human Relations in Organizations or PSYC 111 Intro to Psychology (3)
  • Electives General Education Electives (See GEN ED Matrix) (6)

Total Required Credits: 63

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is projected to show little or no change from 2016 to 2026.

With more routinized tasks automated, bookkeepers are expected to take on a more analytical and advisory role over the next 10 years. For example, rather than performing manual data entry, bookkeepers will focus more on analyzing their clients’ books and pointing out potential areas for efficiency gains.

Because bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks constitute a large occupation, there will be a large number of job openings from workers leaving the occupation. Thus, opportunities to enter the occupation should be plentiful, despite the slight projected decline in employment.

The median annual wage for Accounting Technician was $38,390 in May 2016.

Department Contact

Diane Bercier

CTE Instructor
Phone: 701.477.7862
Office: Room Office 111D

Stephanie Bear

CTE Instructor
Phone: 701.477.7859
Office: Room 111E