Accounting and related clerks (NOC 1431)

About this job

Accounting and related clerks calculate, prepare and process bills, invoices, accounts payable and receivable, budgets and other financial records according to established procedures.

People in this occupation:

  • are employed throughout the private and public sectors in organizations of all sizes
  • have excellent number skills
  • are good communicators, have excellent organizational and time-management skills and are very detail-oriented
Common job titles
  • assistant, accounting
  • billing machine
  • clerk, accounting
  • clerk, journal entry / ledger
  • clerk, tariff / tax
  • currency sorter
  • assistant, accounting
  • billing machine
  • clerk, accounting
  • clerk, accounts payable & receivable
  • clerk, auditing / financial investigation
  • clerk, budget

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$42,755

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 and related clerks:

  • Calculate, prepare and issue documents related to accounts such as bills, invoices, inventory reports, account statements and other financial statements using computerized and manual systems
  • Code, total, batch, enter, verify and reconcile transactions such as accounts payable and receivable, payroll, purchase orders, cheques, invoices, cheque requisitions, and bank statements in a ledger or computer system
  • Compile budget data and documents based on estimated revenues and expenses and previous budgets
  • Prepare period or cost statements or reports
  • Calculate costs of materials, overhead and other expenses based on estimates, quotations, and price lists
  • Respond to customer inquiries, maintain good customer relations and solve problems
  • Perform related clerical duties, such as word processing, maintaining filing and record systems, faxing and photocopying.

Work environment

While employees work a regular five-day workweek, there may be evening and weekend work during busy seasons.

In addition to regular accounting duties, employees are often also expected to work directly with clients by answering inquiries.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

Accounting and related clerks require a minimum of grade 12, along with a wide range of on-the-job experience. Other requirements may include:

  • a university degree, a business diploma or a certificate from a related field of study
  • experience working in accounts payable and receivable and data entry 
  • computer skills, including a working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and accounting software
  • experience serving clients at a front desk
  • completion of college or other courses certified by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, Canadian Securities Institute or Canadian Bookkeepers Association may be required
  • some accounting clerks must be bondable

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:
  • Computing/Office Automation Related

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:
500
Average annual employment growth:
0.3%
Expected number of job openings:
160
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
200
Average annual employment growth:
0.9%
Expected number of job openings:
80
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
11,600
Average annual employment growth:
1.2%
Expected number of job openings:
4,780
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
30
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
210
Average annual employment growth:
1.3%
Expected number of job openings:
100
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
1,500
Average annual employment growth:
1.1%
Expected number of job openings:
640
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
1,920
Average annual employment growth:
1.0%
Expected number of job openings:
850

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory or skilled financial occupations, such as accounts payable supervisor, bookkeeper or office manager is possible with additional training and experience.

Additional resources