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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 $44,988.00
  • Avg. Wage $27.46
  • Minimum Education High school diploma
  • Outlook below avg
Also Known As

Administrative Support Personnel, Bookkeeper, Office Personnel

NOC & Interest Codes
The Accounting Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Bookkeepers
NOC code: 1231
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 Dec 14, 2016

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

  • compute charges
  • prepare invoices and reports
  • take telephone orders
  • make up cheques
  • make bank deposits and reconcile records of bank transactions
  • perform computer data entry and analysis functions
  • assist with or maintain accounts receivable and accounts payable records, ledgers and journals
  • assist with or perform payroll calculations
  • analyze and record business transactions and period end adjustments
  • perform GST calculations and prepare GST reports
  • prepare basic financial statements
  • compute and record depreciation for book and tax purposes
  • cost out and record inventory
  • implement internal controls to protect company assets
  • perform other clerical duties.

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

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Accounting technicians usually work regular weekday hours in a comfortable office environment. Overtime may be required during peak business periods and standard hours may be different in the service industry.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Accounting technicians must be able to:

  • communicate effectively in person and on paper
  • work with numbers quickly and accurately
  • concentrate for extended periods of time and pay close attention to detail but also switch back and forth between tasks
  • follow verbal and written instructions
  • analyze and proofread data
  • keep employer information confidential
  • work independently on routine tasks.

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

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Accounting technicians need an understanding of business documents, such as receipts, till tapes, purchase orders, credit slips, sales slips, banking statements, financial statements and invoices.

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

Most employers prefer to hire job 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

AccData Computer Systems & Training

Assiniboine Community College - Brandon

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

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

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

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

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

ERP Technicals Incorporation Inc.

Evergreen College - Calgary

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

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

Advancement opportunities generally depend on the accounting technician's willingness to take further education. Some accounting technicians move into related data management positions.

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 in this occupation will be 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 (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 33,900 Albertans are employed in the Bookkeepers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.5% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 509 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As accounting technicians form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for accounting technicians.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Inexperienced accounting technicians may start at salaries not much higher than minimum wage. (As of October 1, 2017, the minimum wage in Alberta is $13.60 per hour for most jobs. For more information, see Alberta Employment Standards.) Starting salaries are higher for graduates of related post-secondary programs.

Accounting technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1311: Accounting technicians and bookkeepers.

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Accounting technicians and bookkeepers occupational group earned on average from $22.45 to $32.28 an hour. The overall average wage was $27.46 an hour. For more information, see the Accounting technicians and bookkeepers wage profile.

Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Financial Management
    • Information Processing
    • Management and Marketing
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Clerical and Administrative Support

Updated Mar 03, 2016. 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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