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As businesses and the economy grows in our region, the need for professionals in the Accounting and Fiscal Management fields is increasing. This pathway leads to successful careers that provide living and high wage salaries, and great opportunities for job growth and economic mobility.


What can you do with an accounting or fiscal management degree?

This pathway can lead to careers as an Accountant, Management Analyst or Financial Manager. Professionals in this field are responsible for keeping and analyzing financial records and budgets, along with a wide variety of finance-related tasks for individuals, businesses or organizations.

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*Based on a Fresno County study from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2020

With dual enrollment classes, students can begin taking classes in high school—and in some cases, middle school—that align with the college course requirement needed to obtain a degree in Accounting and Fiscal Management.

High schools with the Central, Clovis, and Fresno Unified School Districts are building out their Accounting and Fiscal Management Pathways to connect with Clovis Community College, Fresno City College and Reedley College and then transfer onto Fresno State, Fresno Pacific University, UMass Global or UC Merced.

Accounting and Fiscal Management

  • United States

    Average Salary

    $73,560 US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2020

    Job Outlook

    4% increase (ONET, May 2021)
  • California

    Average Salary

    $88,130 US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2020

    Job Outlook

    8% increase (ONET, May 2021)
  • Fresno County

    Average Salary

    $68,620 US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2020

    Job Outlook

    8.8% increase (EDD, CA, May 2021)

What is an Accountant?

Think numbers and money! Accountants are part of the financial team at an organization that keeps records. They examine, analyze and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others.


What does an accountant do?

Accountants have a behind-the-scenes look into business operations—they see where the money is coming and going and ultimately can assess if a business is profitable. They represent a wide range of skills and knowledge, from full-charge bookkeepers who can maintain an entire company’s books, to accounting clerks who handle a specific account.

Bookkeeping Clerks

Bookkeeping clerks keep complete, up-to-date, and accurate records of accounts and financial arrangements, verifying and entering information into journals, ledgers or a computer. They periodically balance the books and compile reports and financial statements. Bookkeepers also receive, record, bank and pay out cash. These clerks may calculate employee wages from records or time cards and issue payroll checks

Accounting Clerks

Accounting clerks calculate, post, and verify basic financial information used to produce and maintain financial aid and statistical documents. Some of the work includes posting accounts receivable and payable, preparing and making bank deposits, recording payrolls, maintaining inventory records, purchasing supplies and preparing orders and expense reports. Accounting clerks may also make schedules, sort documents and file bills.

Important Skills

Reading comprehension, active listening, critical thinking, speaking, writing, knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, analysis and reporting of financial data.

Work Settings

Public and private sector. Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services and firms; management of companies and enterprises; local government; state government; industry (agriculture; health care; manufacturing; real estate; retail; oil and gas extraction); other investment pools and funds; Insurance and employee benefit funds; Office Administrative Services (OAS); Securities Exchange Commission (SEC); Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Job Titles / Types of Fiscal Managers

Accountant, accounting officer, audit partner, auditor, certified public accountant (CPA), treasurer, controller, bookkeeper, financial manager, fiscal analyst, credit analyst, financial examiner, tax examiner, tax collector, revenue agent, tax preparer, statements clerk, billing clerk, payroll clerk, brokerage clerk, cost accountant, financial auditor, general accountant, internal auditor, revenue tax specialist.

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