Job prospects Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant (CPA, CGA) in Alberta

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "chartered professional accountant, certified general accountant (CPA, CGA)" was moved from the group Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111) to the group Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 11100).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "chartered professional accountant, certified general accountant (CPA, CGA)" in Alberta or Canada.

Job opportunities in Alberta

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

chartered professional accountant, certified general accountant (CPA, CGA)
Prospects over the next 3 years
Moderate

The employment outlook will be moderate for Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111) in Alberta for the 2022-2024 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 moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

After making a strong rebound in 2021 by 5.0%, Alberta's economy is projected to expand by 4.9% in 2022 with further gains of 3.5% and 2.4% in 2023 and 2024. The growth outlook remains strong in the fully opened economy with the financial sector posting the highest growth between 2019 and 2021 - 10.9%. Increased economic activities across sectors provide a positive employment outlook for this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Financial auditors and accountants in Alberta:

  • Approximately 31,100 people work in this occupation.
  • Financial auditors and accountants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services (NAICS 5412): 30%
    • Oil and gas extraction (NAICS 211): 13%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 91% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 9% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 72% of financial auditors and accountants work all year, while 28% work only part of the year, compared to 59% and 41% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • 15% of financial auditors and accountants are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 42% compared to 54% for all occupations
    • Women: 57% compared to 46% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 7% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 23% compared to 24% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 53% compared to 18% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 16% compared to 8% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour Market Information Survey
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