Accounting is often referred to as the “language of business”. This reference is because the primary function of accounting is to provide key financial information to business stakeholders to be used in assessing the economic performance and condition of business. Professional careers in accounting can be found in the following specialized fields: managerial accounting, public accounting, forensic accounting, cost accounting, not-for-profit accounting, tax accounting, and international accounting. Additionally, an accounting degree serves as an excellent springboard for careers in business, business management, business consulting, business information systems and for advanced degrees in business administration and law. Those choosing to enter the field of accounting should have strong problem solving abilities, excellent oral and written communication skills, and quantitative skills. Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate institution and major in Business Administration have two degree options-The Business DTA or the Associate in Arts and Science DTA completing all of the prescribed courses listed for the Business DTA will enable students to be major ready when they transfer to any public baccalaureate institution in the state of Washington. See page 26-27 in the catalog for more information concerning the Associate in Business-DTA and the specific required class for this degree. Business students choosing to transfer with an Associate in Arts and Science-DTA degree should consult program outlines published by the college or university to which they intend to transfer. However, the following recommended courses prepare students for most baccalaureate institutions. Students should prepare their quarterly schedules with the assistance of an advisor knowledgeable in this transfer area. See pages 24-26 for general education requirements for the Associate in Arts and Science Degree.