Growing demand for trained accounting professionals has inspired DeVry University, known for career-oriented technology programs, to offer a new associate degree in accounting technology, beginning in May 2006.
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“We’re excited to offer this new online degree program,” David Overbye, Ph.D., dean of curriculum for DeVry University, said in announcing the new program. “As businesses continue to grow and governmental regulations on corporate accounting practices continue to evolve, the volume and complexity of accounting will increase. We’re confident that graduates of DeVry University’s accounting technology degree program will be ready to meet the need for skilled professionals that can respond to industry challenges in this quickly changing field.
Accounting technology students will complete coursework in key functional areas, including financial accounting and reporting, managerial accounting, personal taxation and accounting technology, as well as courses addressing key principles of business administration, as the earn their degree. In addition to a solid core of coursework in communications and the humanities, student will also take specialized courses such as principles of ethics and fraud.
Graduates will be qualified for positions as accounting clerks and bookkeepers at public accounting firms, federal, state and local government agencies, and independent accounting practices. They will also be prepared to sit for the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) Certified Bookkeeper Examination, a credential which has grown in importance with employers as a confirmation that applicants possess the required skills and knowledge to succeed. The expected salary for an entry-level accounting clerk is $28,496 and a bookkeeper can be expected to make $33, 714 annually, according to Salary.com.
DeVry University is celebrating 75-years of providing high-quality, career-oriented associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA).