BOOKKEEPING CAREER OVERVIEW Certificate - Southwestern Illinois College

Career Opportunities

A graduate of the Accounting AAS program is prepared for the following positions:

  • Accounting clerk
  • Full-charge bookkeeper
  • Accounting support staff

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Do you like to keep things organized? Are you detail-oriented? Is mathematics one of your strong suits? If so, then a job as a bookkeeper may be right for you!

A bookkeeper’s primary responsibilities are to record transactions and create financial statements. Bookkeepers create records of the accounts, invoices, and other papers involved in a business’s financial operations. They keep all documents related to a company’s financial records.

The bookkeeping certificate prepares students for careers as entry-level accounting support employees. The qualification lays the groundwork for a future as a full-charge bookkeeper. Those who have experience in the accounting business but lack a formal education may find the certificate useful in evaluating their experience for prospective customers or employers.

While pursuing the certificate, students will acquire the skills needed to prepare, analyze and record financial transactions, generate reports, and maintain accounts.


Graduates with an accounting bachelor’s degree have a wide range of career options, including:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Financial Manager
  • Payroll Processing Manager