Accounting: Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions concerning the Accounting program are listed below.

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.

An accountant may perform such duties as:

  • Financial accounting and reporting
  • Auditing
  • Preparation of tax documents
  • Management services and consulting
  • Financial analysis
  • Cash management

An accountant may work at a:

  • Certified public accounting firm
  • Large corporation or small business
  • Financial management organization
  • Law firm
  • Property management company
  • Hotel, restaurant or casino
  • Bank or other financial institution
  • Government agency

Income varies depending on the type of accounting position. The median income for the U.S. is $45,000; Memphis Metropolitan area is $39,000.

Earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree at Southwest and enter the job market immediately upon graduation.

Southwest's employment rate for accountants is 100 percent each year.

Southwest offers:

  • Fully accredited programs by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Small classes for more personalized attention
  • Flexible class schedules at multiple campuses, centers and sites
  • Online classes
  • Affordable tuition
  • Support services that include career counseling, free tutoring, financial aid and on-site child care services


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