Job prospects Accounting Technician near Montréal (QC)

Explore current and future job prospects for Accounting technicians and bookkeepers near Montréal (QC). These trends also apply to people working as an accounting technician.

Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

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Prospects over the next 3 years
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The employment outlook will be good for Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311) in the census metropolitan area of Montréal for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

A secondary school diploma or a college diploma in accounting or a related field is usually required. Opportunities will be accessible mainly to for graduates of these training programs and to accounting or financial services clerks with some years of experience. Employers usually look for self-reliant, rigorous, diplomatic people who can quickly adapt to various situations and communicate effectively with internal and external clients. Bilingualism, as well as the knowledge of accounting software and the Microsoft Office suite, in particular a proficiency in MS Excel, are commonly sought after assets.

Employment growth for this occupational group depends primarily on the demand for bookkeeping, financial statement compilation and payroll services. The need for new accounting rules, cybersecurity, deeper cash flow tracking, transparency and fraud prevention will continue to drive the expansion of accounting services. However, since these services are found in all industries, the evolution of employment remains dependent on economic conditions.

Here are some key facts about Accounting technicians and bookkeepers in the census metropolitan area of Montréal:

  • Approximately 13,110 people work in this occupation.
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 34%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 12%
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 6%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 5%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 5%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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