The Associate of Applied Science Degree prepares students for employment directly into the workforce of their chosen degree. A degree in business leads to careers in Accounting, Consulting, Commerce, Business Administration, e-Business or e-Commerce, Finance, Marketing and Management. Some people with a business administrative degree will choose to work in private retail or wholesale businesses while others will select government work. Fierce competition is expected for highly competitive and peak-earning positions such as management consultant or business analyst.
The AAS degree and accounting certificate are both designed to help students enter the workforce in an entry-level or a bookkeeping position. Students planning to complete a professional accounting certification, such as the CPA, must continue their education at a university after graduating from CAC. Students desiring to earn their bachelor’s degree in accounting should follow the Associate of Business (ABUS) degree track.
Accounting AAS – This degree is designed for students seeking entry-level accounting positions. Proficiencies include analyzing and interpreting accounting records, legal and regulatory practices and effective communication skills necessary for success in business environments. The Accounting AAS Degree is appropriate for students who do not plan to transfer to a university and directly enter the work force. Students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree may consider the Associate of Business Degree.
Employment opportunities at the degree level
Certified Bookkeeper– Maintains records of financial transactions by establishing accounts; posting transactions.
Office Manager– Supports operations by organizing and coordinating office operations and procedures in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
Accountant– Provides financial information to management by researching and analyzing accounting data; preparing financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.
Business AAS – The Associate of Applied Science Degree prepares students for employment directly into the workforce of their chosen degree. A degree in business leads to careers in Accounting, Consulting, Commerce, Business Administration, e-Business or e-Commerce, Finance, Marketing and Management. Some people with a business administrative degree will choose to work in private retail or wholesale businesses while others will select government work. Fierce competition is expected for highly competitive and peak-earning positions such as management consultant or business analyst.
Business Certificate – This certificate programs prepare students for entry-level employment opportunities. Some certificates offer advanced training or build foundations for future completion of an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or Associate of General Studies (A.G.S) Degree. Most certificate required courses will stack into the coordinating A.A.S. Degree. Completing the certificate portion of a degree increases accomplishment, provides basic business skills for entrepreneurship ventures and increases employability.
Management Certificate – This certificate is designed to prepare individuals who desire to work in mid-level management positions. Courses are designed to include the business essentials and also emphasize the skill sets needed for effective management and communication in the work environment. The eight (24 credits) provide instruction in the background and knowledge necessary for students to develop the judgment skills they must exercise as business managers. These courses can be applied towards the Business A.A.S. degree.
The Management Certificate focuses on communication, finances, legal issues, basic marketing and management principles that develop leadership and supervision skills. Most careers often lead to management level positions. The Management Certificate will also qualify for the national “Retail Management” industry credential.
Find out more about the employee tuition reimbursement for the Retail Management Certificate Program (RMCP) through the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) national partnership. The RMCP certificate is comprised of these eight basic management foundation in Central Arizona College’s Management Certificate. Industry participant employer’s include Albertson’s, Bashas’, Coca Cola, Costco (Calif.), Fry’s, Pro’s Ranch Markets, Safeway, Smith’s Food & Drug, Smart & Final Corporation and Whole Foods.