Accounting graduates advise and assist management in controlling the financial operations of a business and in planning for its growth. Accounting graduates provide professional services as advisors to management on financial matters affecting the firm in areas of planning, forecasting, cost control, taxes and inventory control. Students have the opportunity of completing a cooperative work experience to gain hands-on, real-world accounting experience.

Career Outlook

Your associate degree in Accounting will equip you with the building blocks for a successful career in the field. Successful graduates have gone on to become school treasurers, county auditors, tax professionals, and Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).

Where You Could Go

NC State has over 40 agreements with four-year colleges and universities, to provide a smooth transition for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Through university partnerships, some four-year courses are also offered on the NC State campus or online. NC State has a unique 3+1 agreement with Franklin University allowing Business Management and Accounting graduates to complete their bachelor’s degree at the Kehoe Center.

Program Accreditation

This program is Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

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Graduate Testing

Graduates take the Major Field Test covering accounting, management, marketing and economics. The test is administered by Education Testing Services (ETS), the same company that oversees SAT testing. NC State graduates have scored in the top 15% of community college students taking this exam nationwide.

$66,338Average Yearly Salary

Analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.

$33,783Average Yearly Salary

Locate and notify customers of delinquent accounts by mail, telephone, or personal visit to solicit payment. Duties include receiving payment and posting amount to customer’s account; preparing statements to credit department if customer fails to respond; initiating repossession proceedings or service disconnection; and keeping records of collection and status of accounts.

$38,574Average Yearly Salary

Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.