Accounting and related clerks (NOC 1431)

High opportunity occupation

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.

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Accounting and related clerks work throughout the private and public sectors in organizations of all sizes. People in this career should have excellent numeracy, organizational and time-management skills. They must also be good communicators.

Common job titles
  • assistant, accounting
  • billing machine
  • clerk, accounting
  • clerk, accounts payable & receivable
  • clerk, auditing / financial investigation
  • clerk, budget


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.

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