Answers to Frequently Asked Questions concerning the Accountancy Program are listed below.
- What is an accountant?
- What duties does an accountant perform?
- Where does an accountant work?
- What is the income potential for an accountant?
- What will the accountancy degree allow me to do?
- What is Southwest's employment rate for graduates of the accountancy program?
- Why choose the accountancy program at Southwest?
A: An accountant is an individual who is qualified, through education, internship or work experience, to perform specific accounting work under the supervision of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), controller, auditor or other management accountants.
A: An accountant may perform such duties as:
- Financial accounting and reporting
- Preparation of tax documents
- Management services and consulting
- Financial analysis
- Cash management
A: An accountant may work in a:
- Certified public accounting firms
- Large corporations and small businesses
- Financial management organizations
- Law firms
- Property management companies
- Hotels, restaurants or casinos
- Banks and other financial institutions
- Government agencies
A: Income varies depending on the type of accounting position. The median income for the U.S. is $45,000 and the median income for the Memphis Metropolitan area is $39,000.
A: Earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree at Southwest and enter the job market immediately upon graduation.
A: Southwest's employment rate for accountants is 100 percent each year.
A: Southwest offers:
- Fully accredited programs by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Small classes for more personalized attention
- Flexible class schedules available at multiple campuses, centers, sites; and distance learning opportunities
- Affordable tuition
- Support services, including career counseling, free tutoring and career services, financial aid, job opportunity assistance and on-site child care services