Job prospects Accounting Technician in Québec
Job opportunities for Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311) are good in Québec over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an accounting technician.
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.
Job opportunities in Québec
The employment outlook will be good for Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311) in Québec 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 small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
Generally requires a high school diploma or a Diploma of College Studies in Accounting or a related field. Opportunities are available mainly to graduates of these training programs, as well as accounting or financial services clerks with several years of experience. Employers generally look for autonomous, thorough and diplomatic candidates who can quickly adapt to a variety of situations and communicate effectively with internal and external clients. Bilingualism, as well as knowledge of accounting software and Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, are widely sought-after assets.
Job growth in this occupational group depends primarily on demand for bookkeeping, financial record compilation and pay services. Needs related to new accounting regulations, cybersecurity, closer cash flow monitoring, transparency and fraud prevention will continue to promote the expansion of accounting services. However, as these services are found in all industries, employment growth is sensitive to economic conditions. During the forecast period, the challenges of the pandemic and the gradual resumption of activities will provide opportunities for workers in this occupation because of their ability to support management, especially in close cash flow monitoring, and monitoring and handling of assistance measures. On one hand, software is making it easier for people to keep basic books and prepare simple tax returns without the help of professionals. On the other hand, technological advances are increasing demand for workers in this occupational group by making it possible for them to perform tasks historically assigned to other specialists. Given the industry and job duties, most workers in this group can work remotely. After the pandemic, teleworking could therefore become a permanent or more accessible option for some workers.
Here are some key facts about Accounting technicians and bookkeepers in Québec:
- Approximately 33,600 people work in this occupation.
- Accounting technicians and bookkeepers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services (NAICS 5412): 24%
- Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing (NAICS 52, 53): 10%
- Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 6%
- Construction (NAICS 23): 6%
- Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 6%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 79% compared to 80% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 21% compared to 20% for all occupations
- 66% of accounting technicians and bookkeepers work all year, while 34% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 33 weeks for all occupations.
- 14% of accounting technicians and bookkeepers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Québec by economic region.
|Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region||Good Good|
|Bas-Saint-Laurent Region||Good Good|
|Capitale-Nationale Region||Good Good|
|Centre-du-Québec Region||Good Good|
|Chaudière-Appalaches Region||Good Good|
|Côte-Nord Region||Good Good|
|Estrie Region||Good Good|
|Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region||Good Good|
|Lanaudière Region||Good Good|
|Laurentides Region||Good Good|
|Laval Region||Good Good|
|Mauricie Region||Good Good|
|Montréal Region||Good Good|
|Montérégie Region||Good Good|
|Nord-du-Québec Region||Good Good|
|Outaouais Region||Good Good|
|Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region||Good Good|
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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
We expect that the labour supply and demand for Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.
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