Job prospects Accountant in the Estrie Region

Explore current and future job prospects for Financial auditors and accountants in the Estrie Region. These trends also apply to people working as an accountant.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

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Prospects over the next 3 years
Fair Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111) in the Estrie region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Employers usually require a university degree in business administration, accounting or business, as well as successful completion of the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) training program. However, a college diploma in accounting, combined with a few years of experience, may be sufficient for some positions. Bilingualism, good analytical skills, attention to detail, autonomy and computer skills, including accounting software and the Microsoft Office suite, are assets that are often sought after.

Employment will be driven primarily by growth in the demand for accounting services. The need for transparency, cybersecurity and accountability, as well as the need to prevent fraud, develop investments and monitor cash flow could lead to increased demand for accounting records, thus stimulating the growth of employment for these professionals. However, since accounting services are found in all industries, the evolution of employment also remains dependent on economic conditions. In addition, the computerization of accounting allows other professional groups to carry out several activities traditionally entrusted to accountants, which mitigates the extent of the trends favorable to the growth of employment in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Financial auditors and accountants in the Estrie region:

  • Approximately 950 people work in this occupation.
  • Financial auditors and accountants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 47%
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 6%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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