Job prospects Accounting Technician in Québec
Job opportunities for Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311) are good in Québec over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as an accounting technician.
Job opportunities in Québec
The employment outlook will be good for Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311) in Québec 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 Québec:
- Approximately 27,150 people work in this occupation.
- Accounting technicians and bookkeepers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services (NAICS 5412): 24%
- Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing (NAICS 52, 53): 10%
- Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 6%
- Construction (NAICS 23): 6%
- Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 6%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 79% compared to 80% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 21% compared to 20% for all occupations
- 66% of accounting technicians and bookkeepers work all year, while 34% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 33 weeks for all occupations.
- 14% of accounting technicians and bookkeepers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Québec by economic region.
|Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region||Good Good|
|Bas-Saint-Laurent Region||Good Good|
|Capitale-Nationale Region||Good Good|
|Centre-du-Québec Region||Good Good|
|Chaudière-Appalaches Region||Good Good|
|Côte-Nord Region||Good Good|
|Estrie Region||Good Good|
|Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region||Good Good|
|Lanaudière Region||Good Good|
|Laurentides Region||Good Good|
|Laval Region||Good Good|
|Mauricie Region||Good Good|
|Montréal Region||Good Good|
|Montérégie Region||Good Good|
|Nord-du-Québec Region||Good Good|
|Outaouais Region||Good Good|
|Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region||Good Good|
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Job prospects elsewhere in Canada
We expect that the labour supply and demand for Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.
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