Bookkeeping (SC)

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Use Your Math and Money Skills to Keep Your Company in the Black

Bookkeepers are responsible for making sure a business’ finances are in order, bills are paid, and invoices are sent for funds that are owed. They balance the income and expenses each month and settle any differences so cash flow continues to help the company and its employees grow and prosper. You might also produce financial records and check other financial records for accuracy.

Most bookkeepers work on computers with software programs, so you will have the opportunity to learn and use new technology in the finance industry. You can work for a company or freelance and work for yourself. Your opportunities are endless as a bookkeeper.

Having a skill certificate in Bookkeeping shows your commitment to your career and your field. Going to college and fine tuning your skills to earn a certificate is a positively recognized trait and it will help you be more marketable to employers and clients.

Careers in Bookkeeping 

Bookkeepers are always in demand and work in all industries. Choose the industries you are interested in to begin your job search with your skill certificate. If you are already employed, this certificate might be what you need for a promotion or to move to the next step in your career.

Here are some occupations and their salaries you could have by receiving a Skill Certificate in Bookkeeping:

Career information below taken from bls.gov February 2020. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks produce financial records for organizations and check financial records for accuracy.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $47,220/year $22.70/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed
7% increase
(faster than average)
73,990

Do administrative work, keep records, help customers, and carry out financial transactions.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $38,470/year $18.49/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed
5% increase
(as fast as average)
3,620

Produce financial records for organizations and check financial records for accuracy.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $46,230/year  $22.23/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed
7% increase
(faster than average)
73,990

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Bookkeeping 

You can get a Skill Certificate through LASC’s Bookkeeping program where you will increase your knowledge and skills in bookkeeping and auditing, becoming more marketable in your current job or in your job search.

  • Discover the different ways accounting is used in today’s businesses as the principal platform used to make decisions, so you can be aware of the financial information you need to record to assist decision-makers having the information they need to keep a business fiscally healthy.
  • Develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to be able to analyze financial statements, compute liability and equity valuation, and resolve computational issues.
  • Review the principles of mathematics, basic business issues, and financial accounting methods so you are equipped to calculate payroll, assess trade discounts and compound interest, evaluate business consumer loans and depreciation, and more.
  • Check for upcoming events, business and job fairs hosted by LASC’s School of Career and Technical Education to network with community leaders and local business owners to find potential career opportunities as an office or administrative assistant.
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Want to get a bachelor’s degree? Visit your academic counselor or the Transfer Center to find out how you can benefit from going to a four-year college or university. You’ll save money that you can put towards getting your bachelor’s degree by completing your first two years at LASC!

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

LASC’s Skill Certificate in Bookkeeping, along with our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 502.01 

Total Units Required: 16-17

When you successfully complete this program, you will be able to: 

  • Enter basic accounting transactions into an accounting software program.
  • Consolidate accounts on a monthly basis to track business income and expenses.
  • Compare and contrast the financial information prepared for different types of business entities.
Required Courses: Units
ACCTG 1 Introductory Accounting I  5
OR  
ACCTG 21 Bookkeeping and Accounting I  5
AND 
ACCTG 22 Bookkeeping and Accounting II   
3
BUS 1 Introduction to Business        3
BUS 38 Business Computations 
3
CAOT 85 Microcomputer Office Applications: Spreadsheet
3
COOP ED 295 Work Experience General I   2
TOTAL UNITS 16-17

Get Ready Before You Start 

Interested in a career in bookkeeping? Before your first class starts at LASC, you can start preparing for your career in finance:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss what additional support services and opportunities you can be a part of such as peer tutoring or the Math Lab, and possible internships or business workshop opportunities.

Program Learning Outcomes 

When you successfully complete this certificate program, you will be able to: 

  • Enter basic accounting transactions into an accounting software program.
  • Consolidate accounts on a monthly basis to track business income and expenses.
  • Compare and contrast the financial information prepared for different types of business entities.