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Accounting is the recording, summarizing, and analysis of financial information. The PCC accounting program develops your foundational knowledge in financial and managerial accounting as well as in several specialized skills.

Accounting continues to be one of the most in-demand fields. The Oregon Employment Department forecasts Portland area employment for accounting clerks and bookkeepers will grow 4.2% through 2027.

Why choose Accounting at PCC?


According to the Oregon Employment Department, accounting clerks in the Portland metropolitan area earn an average salary of $50,286 per year.

We offer:

  • Up-to-date and relevant course instruction
  • Experienced faculty dedicated to your learning
  • Small classes where you’re more than just a number
  • Internship opportunities to develop the skills employers seek

View other Business Administration degrees and certificates offered at PCC.

Degrees and certificates

Awards with a icon can be earned completely online, or you can choose a mix of online and on-campus classes.

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Transfer Associate Degree: Associate of Science Oregon Transfer in Business2 years at PCC + 2 years at university
Associate Degree: Accounting2 years
Certificate: Accounting Clerk1 year
Certificate: Accelerated AccountingLess than 1 year
Career Pathway Certificate: Entry-Level Accounting ClerkLess than 1 year

What will you learn?

Thinking of a CPA?

If you have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in CPA certification, a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting is a great option. Two university programs are located in the Portland area and all the prerequisites are offered at PCC.

  • Accounting
  • Business math
  • Communication
  • Computer applications
  • Critical thinking
  • Financial management
  • Law
  • Organization
  • Payroll
  • Problem-solving
  • Tax regulation

What will you do?

PCC accounting credentials prepare graduates to find employment as:

  • Accounting assistants and clerks
  • Bookkeepers
  • Payroll clerks
  • Tax preparers

Who will hire you?

PCC graduates are employed at firms such as:

  • Accountemps
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Intel
  • Oregon Graduate Institute
  • Wells Fargo

Next steps

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