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The Program                                                                                                          Accounting Occupations
 The accounting program is designed to provide                                                 Often businesses      Accountant                       Internal Auditor
 students with the skills and knowledge required for                                           desire account-       Actuary                          Internal Revenue Agent
 entry-level positions in accounting, industry, gov-                                           ing students for      Auditor                          Management Consultant
 ernment, financial institutions and small businesses.                                         all types of non-     Bank Officer                     Materials Manager
 The program encompasses classroom instruction and                                             accounting posi-
                                                                                                                     Budget Accountant                Nonprofit Accountant
 extensive hands-on application with both manual and                                           tions because of
                                                                                                                     Controller                          Operations Manager
 computerized accounting systems. Cabrillo College                                             their broad busi-
                                                                                                                     Cost Accountant                  Payroll Manager
 offers a skills certificate in bookkeeping, in Account-                                       ness training and
 ing, a certificate of proficiency and an Associate of                                         overall knowledge     Certified Public Accountant      Plant Accountant
 Science degree in Accounting.                                                                 of the financial      Credit Manager                   Property Accountant
    Majoring in account-                                                                       impacts of busi-      Educator (high school/college)   Purchasing Agent
ing can lead to a variety                                                                      ness events. The      Government Accountant            Tax Accountant
of career paths in many                                                                        other significant     Government Auditor               Tax Preparer/planner
different for profit and                                                                       opportunity with      Information Systems Auditor      Treasurer.
not for profit organi-                                                                         a four-year degree    Insurance Adjuster
zations and businesses.                                    in accounting is public accounting.
Career paths can be gen-                                      This includes external auditing, tax planning and
erally categorized into                                    return preparation, and consulting. Usually one obtains   Types of Employers
two broad categories:                                      the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) designation
                                                                                                                     Private and Non-profit Organizations
public accounting and                                      when choosing the public accounting career path. The
non-profit accounting.                                     CPA designation requires 150 college hours, most often    Banks                            Consulting Firms
Two-year programs in ac-                                   achieved by obtaining a Masters of Accountancy degree     Hospitals                        Private Accounting Firms
counting will lead to positions within the transactional   after getting a bachelor’s degree.                        Brokerage Houses                 Credit Unions
side operational accounting—specifically accounts                                                                    Insurance Companies              Public Accounting Firms
payable, accounts receivable and bookkeeping. There                                                                  Chemical Manufacturers           Engineering Firms
is constant demand for this level of skill within sole                                                               Manufacturing Companies          Service Organizations
proprietorships, partnerships. small to medium size                                                                  Colleges/Universities            Finance Companies
corporations and non-profit organizations.                                                                           Nonprofit Organizations          Transportation Companies
    Non-public accounting includes a very diverse col-                                                               Construction Firms               High Technology Companies
lection of occupations such as: corporate controller,
                                                                                                                     Pharmaceutical Companies         Wholesale/Retail Operations
internal auditor, cost account, tax accountant, budget
accountant, IRS agent, FBI agent, homeland security,
government auditor, nonprofit controller, government
accountant, credit manager, and financial institution
officer. Non-public accounting positions usually do not                                                              For more information
require a CPA designation; thus a bachelor’s degree is
adequate preparation for these jobs.                                                                       
The Profession                                                     Aptos   l   Scotts Valley   l   Watsonville

                                     Accounting is the     6500 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA 95003 831-479-6201
                                     study of how busi-
                                     nesses track their                                               How To Enroll
                                     income and as-
                                                                                                      STEP 1 You may apply
                                     sets over time. Ac-
                                                                                      online at www.cabrillo.
                                     countants engage
                                                                                      edu. If you have any ques-
                                     in a wide variety
                                                                                      tions, contact the Cabrillo
                                     of activities be-
                                                                                      College Admissions &
sides preparing financial statements and recording
                                                                                      Records Office in Build-
business transactions including computing costs and
                                                           ing 100 of the Aptos campus located on 6500 Soquel
efficiency gains from new technologies, participat-
                                                           Drive, phone (831) 749-6201; or in Watsonville on
ing in strategies for mergers and acquisitions, qual-
                                                           318 Union Street, phone (831) 786-4701.
ity management, developing and using information
systems to track financial performance, tax strategy,      STEP 2 You will receive registration information in
and health care benefits management.                       the mail including your time to begin registering.
   With a two-year degree you will learn how busi-
ness works. The field of accounting offers stimulating     Who May Enroll
and challenging work that is constantly evolving.          Cabrillo College is open to anyone 18 years of age or
Because accountants spend a lot of time looking at         older, or anyone with a high school diploma or profi-
the operational side of the businesses they really learn   ciency certificate. High school students also may attend
how business works.                                        classes at Cabrillo on a limited basis with the permission
   It’s no surprise that many successful senior opera-     of their high school principals.
tional and executive managers in business began their
careers as accountants. It’s also no surprise that most    Nondiscrimination Policy
chief financial officers of large corporations have a      Cabrillo Community College does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic
                                                           group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, physical
background in accounting. An accountant is perfectly       or mental disability, or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures,
positioned to become a CFO, CEO (Chief Executive           or practices. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to,
                                                           and treatment and employment in, the college’s programs and activities,
Officer) or COO (Chief Operations Officer) because         including vocational education programs. Limited English language skills
                                                           will not be a barrier to admission to and participation in vocational educa-
he or she probably has the best understanding of what      tion programs.
drives business and profits in a company.
   Accounting graduates set up accounting systems          Plan De Acción No Discriminatoria
                                                           Cabrillo Community College no discrimina a base de identificación con grupos
that allow businesses or individuals to organize,          étnicos, nacionalidad de origen, religión, edad, sexo, raza, color, incapacidad
maintain, and audit financial records. In their work,      mental o física ni orientación sexual en ninguna de sus reglamentaciones,
                                                           procedimientos o prácticas. Este plan de acción no discriminatoria incluye
accountants may be involved in preparing tax returns,      la admisión y el acceso a los programas y actividades, y el tratamiento y el
                                                           empleo en los mismos, incluyendo la educación vocacional. Tener limitadas
budget, financial statements, recording business trans-    destrezas en el idioma inglés no constituirá una barrera para ser admitido o
actions, advising businesses on accounting systems, or     participar en los programas de educación vocacional.                       6/11
auditing financial records. Employment opportuni-          This publication was funded in full or in part by Perkins IV Title I-C
ties in accounting are plentiful, and are expected to      allocation agreement 10-C01-005 awarded to the Cabrillo Community
                                                           College District by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
continue to grow in the foreseeable future.


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