Do you have an organized mind that’s good with details? Do you want to improve your ability to work with figures, think critically and make informed decisions? Are you looking for a job that will always be in demand?

Accounting At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Accounting jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting/Auditing Clerk$13.01/hr
  • Accountant/Auditor*$22.73/hr
  • Tax Examiner/Collector and Revenue Agent*$23.41/hr

SOURCE: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence Center

*This job typically requires a bachelor's degree.

Accounting principles and practices are critical in today’s competitive business world. Accounting affects virtually every business field and type, whether you’re an entrepreneur, CEO or worker looking for a better financial future.

Small to large businesses, government agencies, nonprofits and educational institutions need trained accounting personnel to make sure that financial transactions are handled properly and accurate records kept.

Why is This a Good Career Bet?


Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’s targeted occupations lists eight business positions — many of which require knowledge of accounting practices — as high-growth areas this year. Projections include 26,890 general manager positions available; 12,270 positions as business operations specialists;​ 20,970 accountants and auditors; and 18,310 bookkeeping and accounting clerk positions.

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth increase of 24 percent for accountants and auditors, 23 percent for financial examiners, 19 percent for financial analysts and 18 percent for tax preparers.

See more on careers in Accounting.

Accounting Degree and Certificate Options

The Accounting program emphasizes internal accounting procedures and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as they apply to external reporting. You’ll learn the complete accounting cycle for service, merchandising and manufacturing businesses, from analyzing and recording business transactions to preparing financial statements, reconciling bank accounts, depreciating plant assets and using different inventory methods.

Emphasis is on both manual and computerized applications, including general ledger packages (such as QuickBooks and Peachtree) and Excel. You’ll develop and improve 10-key and word processing skills as well.

Program design allows you to continue from one level to another in a building block format that saves you time and money. Courses for the one-semester Accounting Clerk Certificate apply toward the Accounting Assistant Certificate, which you can earn the following semester — and then apply toward the associate degree.

You can also just take accounting courses to strengthen your overall education, or select  electives in areas of special interest.

Courses in Accounting are offered at all seven colleges of DCCCD. See degree and certificate options in Accounting.