Award-Winning Programs!

De Anza's Accounting programs have been recognized by the state Chancellor's "Workforce Stars" initiative for strong performance in these areas:
  • Accounting students at De Anza increased their earnings by 55% 
  • Taxation students at De Anza found jobs in their field 100% of the time

Careers in Accounting

guy showing chart to womanBookkeepers, account clerks and audit clerks maintain financial records, examine documents, prepare payroll and process accounts payable and receivable. Tax specialists maintain and prepare tax records.

These workers use spreadsheets and accounting software. They must exercise diligence, math skills and judgement in handling confidential information.

Workers in these fields may be self-employed or work for a variety of large and small organizations, including retail stores, corporations and nonprofit groups. 

Employment Outlook: 2020-2030

  • The number of jobs for accountants and auditors is expected to increase by 12%, with more than 169,600 job openings during this 10-year period
  • Jobs for budget analysts are expected to increase 10%

These ten-year projections for California employment are calculated by the state Employment Development Department, which collects data about the state's workforce and economic trends.

Accounting Programs at De Anza

woman at desk with calculatorDe Anza offers certificate and degree programs that include courses in bookkeeping, tax preparation, tax accounting and general accounting – taught by instructors who have backgrounds in public accounting or other industry experience.

These classes can be helpful for anyone who is interested in accounting, business or finance. They also provide excellent preparation for transfer to four-year universities. Students who have already taken introductory accounting courses can take advanced courses, with clearance from the department coordinator, to prepare for the CPA exam. 

Students in our program also have opportunities to meet recruiters and pursue internships with prominent firms.


In addition to the programs listed above, you may be able to apply courses in this department toward General Education requirements.

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