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The Accounting program is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge required for entry-level positions in industry, government, financial institutions, and small businesses.


The program encompasses classroom instruction and extensive hands-on application with both manual and computerized accounting systems. Cabrillo College offers a Certificate of Proficiency and an Associate of Science degree.

Career Opportunities in Accounting  

Accounting graduates set up accounting systems which allow businesses or individuals to organize, maintain, and audit financial records. In their work, accountants may be involved in preparing tax returns, budgets, and financial statements, recording business transactions, advising businesses on accounting systems, and/or auditing financial records. Employment opportunities in accounting are plentiful, and are expectd to continue to grow in the foreseeable future.
The following links provide information regarding job opportunities and growth in the Accounting field:

  1. Accounting job growth data in Santa Cruz County from 1999-2006 can be found in Table 4 at
  2. The prediction of job growth for accountants and auditors (OES Code 21114) is from 410 to 450 positions from 1999 to 2006, a growth rate of 9.8%. This growth rate puts this occupation amongst the fastest growing occupations in Santa Cruz County for this time period.
  3. Table 7 at shows that Bookkeeping, Accounting Clerks (OES Code 55338) is among occupations with the greatest number of job openings in Santa Cruz County from 1999-2006 with 230 openings predicted for this period. This is largely due to the high rate of turnover for these jobs, as the overall growth rate for this occupation is only 1.2% in this time period, per "Santa Cruz County - Occupational Employment Projections, 1999-2006." This table is located at
Contact Information
Accounting & Finance
Chair: Mo Hassan
Phone: 831.479.3201
Location: Room 301
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