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.