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Department: Accounting

Program Type: Business and Information Technology

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Elgin Community College's Accounting Program not only equips you with the knowledge to comprehend, record, and analyze financial and managerial transactions, but also provides you with practical skills that are directly applicable in the real world of accounting.


This two-year business degree program at Elgin Community College not only prepares you to meet the present-day demands of the business world, but also ensures a seamless transfer to accounting programs at universities, should you choose to further your education in this field. You'll study transactions, terminology, essential ratios, tax regulations, and the utilization of computerized accounting software.

ECC's business curriculum encompasses a comprehensive range of skills, encompassing economics, business law, communication, general business concepts, and mathematical applications tailored for different contexts. 

For those specifically interested in bookkeeping, ECC offers a bookkeeping certificate covering the entire accounting cycle. You'll gain proficiency and confidence using essential office technologies such as QuickBooks Online, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access databases. Studying at ECC will give you a well-rounded educational experience for your future business career. Courses cover payroll principles and general business operations, including management, economics, and business communication skills.

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Prepare for Immediate Employment

The future employment outlook for accounting is positive, supported by compelling facts. One big factor is the increasing complexity of financial rules. Organizations must ensure they follow these rules, which drives the need for accountants and auditors. Refer to Career Coach for more information regarding related jobs and salary expectations.

Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Review the ECC catalog for details about the accounting plan of study and course descriptions.

Associate of Applied Science

Vocational Certificate

What jobs can you get with an Accounting Degree?

An accounting degree can lead to a variety of career opportunities, including positions such as:

  • Accountant: Accountants oversee financial records, analyze data, and ensure adherence to tax regulations, serving businesses, governments, or individuals.

  • Auditor: Auditors verify financial records for accuracy and compliance with laws, working with public accounting firms, government bodies, or private enterprises.

  • Financial Analyst: Financial analysts analyze financial data and advise on investment strategies for firms, banks, or corporations.

  • Tax Accountant: Tax accountants prepare and file tax returns, offering planning and guidance to clients, both individuals and businesses.

  • Budget Analyst: Budget analysts prepare and analyze budgets for various organizations, aiding in expenditure control for governments, non-profits, or businesses.

  • Financial Manager: Financial managers handle an organization's financial resources, including budgeting and investment decisions, across private, public, or non-profit sectors.

  • Controller: Controllers oversee financial operations, including accounting and budgeting, for various entities, be they private businesses, government bodies, or non-profits.

  • Risk Manager: Risk managers identify and mitigate financial risks for institutions like banks or insurance companies, safeguarding stability.

Remember that some of these positions may require additional certifications or experience.

Learn more about the Accounting department at ECC!

Earning an Associate Degree at Elgin Community College can set your career in motion.

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