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Accounting Technician

Accounting technicians maintain systematic records of business transactions and verify and record those transactions. They use computers to calculate, prepare and process invoices, accounts payable and receivable, payroll and budget documents, and other routine financial records.

  • Avg. Salary $46,755.00
  • Avg. Wage $26.67
  • Minimum Education High school diploma
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 29,500
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Administrative Support Personnel, Bookkeeper, Office Personnel

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Bookkeepers (1231) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Bookkeepers (B111) 
  • 2011 NOC: Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (1311) 
  • 2016 NOC: Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (1311) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

24%
24%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Accounting Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Bookkeepers
METHODICAL

Interest in compiling information to complete and submit tax remittance forms, workers' compensation forms, pension contribution forms and government documents

DIRECTIVE

Interest in keeping records of accounts and in verifying financial recording procedures by operating manual and computerized bookkeeping systems

innovative

Interest in preparing tax returns and providing other personal bookkeeping services

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2020

In small organizations, accounting technicians may perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Compute charges, prepaid expenses, and preliminary tax entries
  • Prepare invoices and reports, such as sales tax reports and worker’s compensation reports
  • Take telephone orders
  • Draw up cheques
  • Make bank deposits and reconcile records of bank transactions
  • Perform data entry and analysis
  • Assist with or maintain records of accounts receivable and payable , as well as ledgers and journals
  • Assist with or perform payroll calculations
  • Remit and file T4 slips
  • Analyze and record business transactions and period-end adjustments
  • Prepare basic financial statements
  • Compute and record depreciation for bookkeeping and tax purposes
  • Cost out (calculate cost of) and record inventory
  • Implement internal controls to protect company assets
  • Perform other bookkeeping duties

In large organizations, duties often are divided among several employees with different titles, such as payroll clerk or cost clerk.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Accounting technicians usually work regular weekday hours in an office environment. Overtime may happen during peak business periods. Standard hours may be different in the service industry.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Accounting technicians need:

  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility to switch between tasks
  • Communication skills, in person and on paper
  • Skill with numbers
  • Analysis and proofreading skills
  • Organizing skills
  • The ability to concentrate for long periods
  • The ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality
  • The ability to work alone

They should enjoy having clear rules and organized methods for their work. They also should enjoy balancing financial records and business transactions. They should be comfortable operating computerized systems and office equipment.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
NOC code: 1311

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Jun 08, 2021 and Jun 19, 2021.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Keep financial records and establish, maintain and balance various accounts using manual and computerized bookkeeping systems
Prepare trial balance of books
Maintain general ledgers and financial statements
Post journal entries
Reconcile accounts
Calculate and prepare cheques for payroll
Calculate fixed assets and depreciation
Prepare tax returns
Prepare other statistical, financial and accounting reports
Business Equipment and Computer Applications: MS Word
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Accounting technicians need an understanding of business documents. This could include receipts, till tapes, purchase orders, credit and sales slips, bank statements, financial statements and invoices.

Educational requirements for accounting and bookkeeping positions vary greatly from one employer to another. They also depend on the scope and responsibility of the position. Most companies do electronic bookkeeping and expect their employees to have related training or experience. They may require up to 2 years of on-the-job training or a related post-secondary certificate or diploma. Employers may prefer to hire candidates who are working toward a professional accounting designation (see the Accountant occupational profile).

Most employers prefer to hire candidates who have taken related courses and programs from colleges, technical institutes or private vocational schools.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Academy of Learning - Brooks

Academy of Learning - Edmonton Downtown

Academy of Learning Airdrie

AccData Computer Systems & Training

Alberta Business & Health Institute

Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Calgary

Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Edmonton

Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Red Deer

Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Spruce Grove

Business IQ Training

Cambrooks College - Downtown Campus

Canadian Health & Business College

Canford Institute of Technology

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary City Centre

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary South

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton City Centre

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton North

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton South

City College of Management

East-West College - Edmonton

East-West College of Business & Technology

East-West College of Business & Technology - Calgary City Centre

Global College of Business & Technology

Peerless Training Institute

QCom College of Technology (QCT)

Reeves College - Calgary South

Reeves College - Edmonton

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Accounting technicians work in organizations ranging from retail companies and manufacturing firms to agencies that provide health, education or social services. Some positions are part time.

Advancement most often depends on the technician’s willingness to take further education. Some accounting technicians move into related positions in data management.

Accounting technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1311: Accounting technicians and bookkeepers. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the industries listed above
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 1311: Accounting technicians and bookkeepers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 502 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Accounting technicians with little experience may start at salaries not much higher than minimum wage. (As of June 26, 2019, the minimum wage in Alberta is $15.00 per hour for most workers. For more information, see Minimum Wage.) Starting salaries are higher for graduates of related post-secondary programs.

Accounting technicians and bookkeepers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
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  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $31.87 $22.06 $20.79
Overall $18.00 $39.00 $26.67 $25.52
Top $19.51 $50.00 $31.34 $29.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Public Administration
Utilities
Manufacturing
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Agriculture
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Wholesale Trade
Construction
ALL INDUSTRIES
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Retail Trade
Health Care & Social Assistance
Information, Culture, Recreation
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Accommodation & Food Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

24%
24%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

26%
26%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

2%
2%

Vacancy Rate

1%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Clerical and Administrative Support

Updated Mar 31, 2020. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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