Accounting and Business Technology

Job outlook & wages

Median Wage in MT*: $28,960 - $47,760

Median Wage in US*:  $34,030 - $61,690

Expected Growth in MT*:  13.9 – 18.7%

Expected Growth in US*:  10.3 – 21.6%

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau

What type of job can I get?

Bookkeeping Clerk

Accounting Clerk

Auditing Clerk



Small Business Owner

Business Management


Degree / Certificates

Business Administration

Business Technology - AAS

Accounting - AAS

Entrepreneurship - CAS

Bookkeeping - CAS

Professional Certificates in:

Human Resource Specialist

Bookkeeping Specialist

Finance Specialist

Accounting Information Specialist

Small Business Specialist

Management Information Systems Specialist

What you’ll learn

The accounting track emphasizes accounting procedures with other business, communication, and computer courses to complement the needs of today’s employers.  Students successfully completing the Certificate of Applied Science – Bookkeeping program will be able to maintain accounting records in journals, ledgers, and other accounting forms, both manual and computerized.  In addition to those skills, students completing the Associate of Applied Science – Accounting Technology program will have a general knowledge of financial statement presentation, non-profit accounting, managerial accounting, payroll procedures, and income tax preparation.  The Associate of Applied Science – Accounting Technology further emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills for students with instruction in business law, economics, ethics, finance, and a capstone experience.

The business track emphasizes general business courses to provide students with a broad background for the business environment.  The Small Business Entrepreneurship Certificate of Applied Science features courses in entrepreneurship, accounting, computer applications, and general education.  The Associate of Applied Science – Small Business Management Technology degree further offers management, marketing, ethics, and finance courses.  The two options will provide educational opportunities for students to develop the necessary skills to manage their own business. 

Program cost

$3,500 - $8,500 (Depending on Program Length)


Potential employers

Public & Private Accounting Firms, Large and Small Businesses, Government Agencies, and Banks

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