Many accountants and accounting technicians work in certified public accounting firms that perform tax and auditing services but the majority work as Management or Private Accountants. Many accountants have their own businesses as well. The role of the accounting department has expanded greatly. Accountants and accounting technicians help organizations make wise decisions by preparing and analyzing a variety of financial and non-financial information. They manage the assets of the business and ensure the records of the business comply with the law. Accounting staff are critical in the fight to cut waste and fraud, and forensic accountants work directly with law enforcement to keep financial systems clean. Accountants use special accounting and finance software, and in small businesses the Accountant is often the computer expert. Central Lakes College offers a 66-credit, two-year Accounting Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree. The AAS prepares students by teaching the analytical and technical skills needed for an accounting or financial management career. Students gain experience recording transactions, preparing and analyzing financial reports, and doing realistic simulations on the most popular accounting computer systems.