Accounting and Bookkeeping | Casper College, Wyoming

Accounting and Bookkeeping

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If you possess a solid work ethic, have good communications skills, and enjoy attention to detail, then Casper college can provide you with the following skills you need to succeed in bookkeeping and accounting:

  • Gain a working knowledge of the accounting cycle and preparation of financial statements.
  • Learn how to utilize current software such as QuickBooks and Excel to perform accounting functions and increase business performance.
  • Gain a basic understanding of payroll and tax issues that bookkeepers and accountants manage. 

The Associate of Business (A.B.) degree for students planning to transfer to pursue a bachelor's degree.

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a two-year program for students wanting to enter the workforce with an associate degree. This is a non-transfer degree.

The certificate is a one-year program that has been recently modified with the input of Casper employers seeking competent bookkeepers.

Degrees and certificates

The accounting A.A.S. and A.B. degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

For requirements and more information about these programs, view their listings in the academic catalog:

Interested in online learning?

You can earn your accounting degrees or certificate online through Casper College.

Learn more about online programs and courses at Casper College.

Attending your dream university starts right here at CC

A transfer agreement is available for this degree.

Students who choose CC for their first two years of college are prepared to transfer and finish their degrees anywhere in the world. Learn how you can earn a bachelor's, master's, or even your doctorate through one of our university partnerships with schools from across the country.

There are a variety of four-year schools that offer online programs for completing your bachelor's degree. It is always best to consult your advisor for the most current information regarding those options.

Career Opportunities

There is a consistent demand for accounting professionals in a variety of positions because the accounting function is a primary and important function of any organization.  Following is some salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics along with some survey information about position responsibilities that was gathered in the spring of 2016.

Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks (certificate or associate degree):

Wyoming

  • Low = $22,220
  • Medium = $37,280
  • High = $57,780

U.S.

  • Low = $24,600
  • Medium = $39,240
  • High = $60,670

Accountants and auditors (Bachelor's dgree required; CPA and master's degree preferred for higher positions):

Wyoming

  • Low = $42,630
  • Medium = $60,430
  • High = $122,220

U.S.

  • Low = $43,020
  • Medium = $69,350
  • High = $101,430
Public Accounting

Many accountants choose to work in public accounting in order to acquire their CPA license and develop their skills in auditing, tax, business consulting and management. Some career opportunities in public accounting include:

Bookkeeper or entry-level tax preparer

  • Requirements and responsibilities: Associate degree preferred, with a 2.75 GPA if working while in college or a 3.5 GPA if not working while in college. Bookkeepers will need good communication skills and computer skills and will be working on payroll, bookkeeping, reconciliations and QuickBooks consulting.

Junior associate

  • Requirements and responsibilities: This is a position for those seeking their CPA license.  To sit for the CPA exam you currently need 150 credit hours.  Junior associates will be working in both tax and audit.

Senior associate

  • Requirements and responsibilities: At this level you will need two to four years of work experience and be able to handle more responsibility and complexity.

Manager

  • Requirements and responsibilities: At this level you will need five to eight years of work experience and you will be answering to the directors and shareholders while managing junior and senior associates.

Director

  • Requirements and responsibilities: At this level you will need eight or more years of work experience and you will be answering to the shareholders and clients while directing subordinates.

Shareholder

  • Requirements and responsibilities: At this level you will need eight or more years of work experience as well as having excellent skills at recruiting and retaining quality clients and personnel.
Private Accounting

In private accounting you are focused on the accounting function for your employer as opposed to doing audits and taxes for several clients. Some career opportunities in private accounting include:

Accounting clerk, entry level

  • Requirements and responsibilities: A high school degree is required and an associate degree is preferred. GPA requirements are 2.75 and above with some prior experience a plus. Duties will include accounts payable and accounts receivable, recording cash receipts and payments, data entry and basic accounting functions.

Junior accountant

  • Requirements and responsibilities: A bachelor's degree in accounting or finance is required. Knowledge of accounting principles and computer skills is necessary. Duties will include overseeing accounts payable and accounts receivable and reviewing work completed by clerks.

Senior accountant/Assistant controller

  • Requirements and responsibilities: A bachelor's degree is required and certifications such as the CPA or CMA are a plus. At least three years of experience and technical accounting and computerized skills are a must, along with the willingness to learn, grow and be a team player.

Controller

  • Requirements and responsibilities: A bachelor's degree is required as well as certifications such as the CPA or CMA. At least five years of work experience will be required at this level. Tax experience and leadership ability will be needed at this level along with technical accounting and computer skills.

Chief financial officer

  • Requirements and responsibilities: In addition to the requirements of a controller, a CFO will need to be very familiar with regulatory requirements and also be a leader with integrity.

"Casper College was an excellent place to start my career. Through their committed instructors and alliance programs, I was able to stay in my home town of Casper and still get the education I needed to enter the public accounting field. The opportunities that the accounting department offers can and does open the doors to just about any field you can imagine. I was able to get my associates at Casper College as well as take the core classes I needed to transfer to the Franklin University of Ohio Alliance program. With Franklin, I was able to complete the upper level classes I needed in order to meet the requirements required by the Wyoming State Board of Accountancy in order to sit for the CPA exam. Had it not been for opportunities that Casper College made available to me, including the experience of online courses, I likely would not be in the position I am in today." — Tabetha Berge

Contact

Academic Assistant, School of Business and Industry
Office: BU 103
307-268-2494
Department Chair;
Accounting & Business Instructor
Office: BU 108
307-268-2414
Dean, School of Business and Industry
Office: BU 103
307-268-2448

Faculty

Gary Becker
307-268-2242
BU 209

Liz Ott
307-268-2493
BU 208

Mark Oxley
307-268-2414
BU 108