Built for the Books: Accounting for an Evolving Economy

All businesses have an accounting function. Whether recording business transactions, preparing tax returns or creating financial statements, companies need the data accounting provides in order to make the most informed decisions.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook for accountants from 2016-2026 has an expected annual growth rate of 10% (faster than average) and in California the projected growth rate through 2024 was 10%. Additionally, the AICPA estimated that 75% of their member CPAs would be retirement eligible by 2020 . Therefore, there could be additional growth for CPAs in the marketplace.

Accountants perform a wide array of finance-related tasks, including ensuring accuracy and regulatory compliance, preparing tax returns, inspecting records and accounting systems, and organizing financial records. Professionals in this field also provide important services related to auditing, business efficiency, cost reduction, and revenue enhancement.  

Through IVC’s career-focused curriculum, students with a bachelor’s degree can take courses to meet educational requirements as part of the licensure requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) in California. Additionally, students can take classes to assist them with becoming a bookkeeper/tax preparer or transfer to a four-year school to continue their accounting education.

Ready to launch a Future BUILT career in Accounting? It all starts at Irvine Valley College!


What You Need to Know

What Degrees and Certificates Are Available to Me?
IVC offers a variety of program types to help build your future-proof career! 

Associate in Science Degrees
These two-year college degrees are designed for students who want to gain in-depth understanding of a particular field in order to enter a specific profession or to prepare for further education at a technical or trade school, or a 4-year college or university.

IVC Offers an AS in:

Certificates of Achievement
Certificates of Achievement are state-approved certificates that acknowledge workplace competencies and job readiness in a particular field. In many cases, the courses that comprise a certificate of achievement are the same as those required for an associate degree, minus the General Education courses.

IVC Offers a COA in:

Certificates of Proficiency
Certificates of Proficiency acknowledge basic workplace abilities and are designed for students who want to enter the workforce quickly or upgrade their job skills. These certificates have a total credit requirement of less than 18 units and are designed and approved by local business leaders in order to make them as practical as possible. 

IVC Offers COPs in:
Computerized Accounting
Financial Accounting
Financial/Managerial Accounting
Income Tax

Make sure your class schedule is built for success. Visit the course catalog to see what classes you need to earn your degree or certificate in Accounting. 

Irvine Valley College is proud to provide our communities with affordable, accessible Career Education opportunities. Click for details on program costs and fees for the Accounting department.

Financial Aid, Scholarships & Grants

Want to learn how financial aid, scholarships and grants can make college more affordable? IVC’s Financial Aid Office has all the information you need!

School of Business Sciences
Department Offices: 949-451-5310

Bennet Tchaikovsky, JD, CPA
School Chair / Associate Professor, Business Sciences 
Faculty Website

Donald Bradshaw
Professor, Business Sciences
Faculty Website

Traci Fahimi
Dean, Business Sciences

IVC Accounting graduates are building successful futures in careers like these, and more! Here are some in-demand job titles and their average yearly salaries.
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks = $41,568 Per Year
Accountants & Auditors = $69,350 Per Year
Bill and Account Collectors = $36,883 Per Year
Budget Analysts = $78,316 Per Year
Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks = $37,344 Per Year
Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents = $52,684 Per Year
Credit Authorizers = $36,384 Per Year
Financial Managers, Branch or Department = $125,049 Per Year
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks = $45,465 Per Year
Financial Analysts = $87,168 Per Year


Average Salary In This Field

Average Salary In This Field

$35,384 to
Per Year

Potential Careers

Potential Careers

Tax Examiner
Budget Analyst

Have Questions? Talk To A Counselor!

You’ve made an independent choice to boost your life and career through Career Education at IVC… but you’re not alone! Talk to a counselor for information on getting started, planning your career pathway, and more!

Our Students Love Us!

“Of all the courses I took, Individual Income Taxation was my favorite. IVC should be your choice for a COA or degree.”
- Anh Vu, IVC Alum
“It’s definitely been worth the investment of time and effort. I would recommend IVC to anyone who wants to improve their skills because there are many options to choose from and they are very helpful!”
- Xaojun Hu, IVC Student
“I know that I would not be where I am today if it was not for IVC and its faculty, who saw the potential I did not see in myself.”
- Sophia Montano, IVC Alum
“I enjoyed being involved on campus and making connections with the campus community. I would encourage any future students to engage on campus in any and every way they can.”
- Danielle Richmond, IVC Student
“IVC was definitely a stepping stone to my internship. From getting involved on campus to figuring out what I wanted out of school, IVC helped me out. My professors were very helpful in my path.”
- Arash Moradi, IVC Alum
“IVC helped prepare me to manage my time more efficiently. I worked multiple jobs and was a full-time student while attending IVC. I learned to juggle multiple tasks which has translated to my work as an intern.”
- Kara Barnett, IVC Alum