Accounting and related clerks (NOC 1431)

High demand 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.

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

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.

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