Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)

About this job

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People in this occupation:

  • maintain complete sets of books, keep records of accounts, verify the procedures used for recording financial transactions, and provide personal bookkeeping services
  • are employed throughout private and public sectors
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • bookkeeper, accounting
  • clerk, bookkeeping
  • officer, budget
  • officer, finance
  • technician, accounting
  • bookkeeper, accounting
  • clerk, bookkeeping
  • officer, budget
  • officer, finance
  • technician, accounting

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$41,712

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Accounting technicians and bookkeepers:

  • Keep financial records and establish, maintain and balance various accounts using manual and computerized bookkeeping systems
  • Post journal entries and reconcile accounts, prepare trial balance of books, maintain general ledgers and prepare financial statements
  • Calculate and prepare cheques for payrolls and for utility, tax and other bills
  • Complete and submit tax remittance forms, workers' compensation forms, pension contribution forms and other government documents
  • Prepare tax returns and perform other personal bookkeeping services
  • Prepare other statistical, financial and accounting reports.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • work in an office environment, typically during a regular Monday Friday workweek.
  • are employed in small to large offices and some may also work from home offices.
  • work can involve long hours using a computer, which may cause muscle strain, eye strain and occasional headaches.
  • Bookkeepers who work for smaller firms have a wider range of functions to perform, some that may not be directly within the scope of bookkeeping.
  • In a larger company, a bookkeeper s tasks may be restricted to bookkeeping only.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • completion of secondary school is required
  • completion of a college program in accounting, bookkeeping or a related field 
or
  • completion of two years (first level) of a recognized professional accounting program (e.g., Chartered Accounting, Certified General Accounting) 
or
  • courses in accounting or bookkeeping combined with several years of experience as a financial or accounting clerk are required

Skills

  • Clerical Ability
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Finger Dexterity
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Assistance/Bookkeeping

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
1,230
Average annual employment growth:
0.9%
Expected number of job openings:
550
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
980
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
410
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
12,510
Average annual employment growth:
1.1%
Expected number of job openings:
5,520
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
520
Average annual employment growth:
0.2%
Expected number of job openings:
190
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
970
Average annual employment growth:
1.7%
Expected number of job openings:
550
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
3,550
Average annual employment growth:
1.1%
Expected number of job openings:
1,640
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
4,170
Average annual employment growth:
0.7%
Expected number of job openings:
1,820

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to professional accounting occupations is possible with additional training. Bookkeepers can also start their own companies.

Additional resources