Accounting Technology

The Olympic College Accounting Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment in public accounting, private accounting, government, and not-for-profit agencies. This program also provides an excellent basis for obtaining living-wage employment while engaging in further accounting or business studies.


Associate in Applied Science—Transfer
Associate in Technical Arts
Certificate of Proficiency
Certificate of Completion
Certificate of Recognition
Transfer/Articulation Program
  • Old Dominion University
  • The Evergreen State College


At the end of the program, successful students will be able to:

  • Effectively apply components of the accounting equation to typical business transactions.
  • Maintain and evaluate internal control procedures.
  • Analyze financial information and statements in order to make sound business decisions.
  • Effectively use a variety of computer software to accomplish office tasks and to process accounting information.
  • Apply mathematical concepts to typical business situations.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing in the context of common business practices.
  • Work as a team member in an office environment to accomplish the goals of the organization.
  • Understand and use accounting and business terminology to produce reports, converse in a business-type setting and follow directions.
  • Provide customer service in a variety of platforms (in person, by phone, or online) in a broad-based business setting.
  • Maintain internal control procedures for completion of financial record keeping and related activities.
  • Develop skill sets required for office management and leadership of human resources.


For up-to-date information, go to http://www.onetonline.org/ and simply enter the job title in Occupation Search field.


Current wage information can be found for each career option. After finding the career option in O*NET online, click on Wages & Employment, select Washington in the State & National field and GO.


  • Currently no license is required for many accounting careers in Washington State. Students are encouraged to research career goals as more employers are seeking employees with degrees and may also require specific certifications (i.e. CPA).
  • Students interested in Tax Preparation careers are encouraged to visit the National Association of Tax Consultants (NATC) website to find the latest requirements and explore further career options. http://www.natctax.org/faq.php
  • As of 2011, the IRS requires paid tax preparers to also have a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).
  • Most positions require the employee be bondable with a good credit rating and no prior criminal activity.


Joanne Salas
Phone: 360.475.7372
Email: jsalas@olympic.edu


Source: 2012 Olympic College Workforce Development "Red Book"