Job prospects Accounting Clerk near Montréal (QC)

Explore current and future job prospects for Accounting and related clerks near Montréal (QC). These trends also apply to people working as an accounting clerk.

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Recent trends

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2018-2020). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Assessment Methodology

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Prospects over the next 3 years
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The employment outlook will be good for Accounting and related clerks (NOC 1431) in the census metropolitan area of Montréal for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

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

A secondary school diploma is usually required to enter this occupation. However, some employers may require candidates to have a diploma of college studies or have completed other courses offered by the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (CPA), Canadian Securities Institute or Canadian Bookkeepers Association. The most commonly sought-after assets that employers look for in candidates are autonomy, time management, the ability to work in a team and work under pressure, bilingualism and office automation skills, particularly with the Microsoft Office suite.

Members of this occupational group are found in all industries, but particularly in the services sector. This occupation particularly benefits from the growing need for payroll services, as well as from the diversification of duties for administrative staff and the computerization of accounting activities, which now allows clerks to perform tasks previously done by professionals. During the forecast period, the challenges that the pandemic has presented, and the gradual resumption of operations will benefit these workers because of the management support they can provide, including closely monitoring cash flow, and tracking and processing support measures. Given the industry and duties of this occupation, most of these workers can perform their tasks remotely. As a result, telework may become a permanent or more accessible option for some after the pandemic.

While it will be good elsewhere, the employment outlook for this occupation will be fair in the following regions:

  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, due to a higher proportion of unemployed workers
  • Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec, due to a higher proportion of unemployed workers and a lower proportion of retirements

Here are some key facts about Accounting and related clerks in the census metropolitan area of Montréal:

  • Approximately 19,410 people work in this occupation.
  • Accounting and related clerks mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 54): 19%
    • Retail Trade (NAICS 44-45): 12%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 11%
    • Finance, insurance and Real estate and rental and leasing (NAICS 52-53): 11%
    • Transportation and warehousing (NAICS 48-49): 8%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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