Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers

(NOC 1311)

in All Business, Finance, and Administration

Accounting technicians and bookkeepers maintain complete sets of books, keep records of accounts, verify the procedures used for recording financial transactions, and provide personal bookkeeping services. They work throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 380 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate -1305 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 40% of Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $38,881. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$20.00

Median

$26.88

Maximum

Annual Pay

$3,790

Minimum

$24,895

Median

$54,509

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$27.85

Median

$38.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,754

Minimum

$36,515

Median

$70,271

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Accounting technicians and bookkeepers maintain complete sets of books, keep records of accounts, verify the procedures used for recording financial transactions, and provide personal bookkeeping services. They work throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Accounting technicians and bookkeepers:

  • Keep financial records and create, maintain and balance accounts using manual and computerized bookkeeping systems.
  • Post journal entries and reconcile accounts, prepare trial balance of books, maintain general ledgers and prepare financial statements.
  • Calculate and prepare cheques for payrolls and for utility, tax and other bills.
  • Complete and submit tax remittance forms, workers' compensation forms, pension contribution forms and other government documents.
  • Prepare tax returns and perform other personal bookkeeping services.
  • Prepare other statistical, financial and accounting reports.

Sample job titles

  • accounting bookkeeper
  • accounting technician
  • bookkeeper
  • bookkeeping clerk
  • budget officer
  • finance officer
  • finance technician
  • senior bookkeeper

Skills

You need good mathematical skills and your work must be accurate. Good interpersonal and communication skills are important. Knowledge around manual and computerized accounting systems and software programs is needed. You should be cooperative and able to work as part of a team.

Job requirements

  • High school is required.
  • A college program in accounting, bookkeeping or a related field or completion of two years (first level) of a recognized professional accounting program (e.g., Chartered Accounting, Certified General Accounting) or courses in accounting or bookkeeping combined with several years of experience as a financial or accounting clerk are required.

Other considerations

Bookkeepers should be prepared to keep abreast of changing practices and technology. Movement to professional accounting jobs is possible with additional training.

By the numbers

Quick look

3,730

employed in 2016

56.2%

employed full-time

21.0%

self employed

87.5%
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12.5%
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53.5

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

78.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

73.4%
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26.6%
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47.9

median age

Where will I likely work?

35.3%

Halifax

19.5%

North Shore

18.1%

Southern

16.0%

Annapolis Valley

11.0%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

25.1%

Professional, scientific and technical services

11.0%

Health care and social assistance

10.2%

Construction

8.7%

Retail trade

7.3%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

29.0%

55-64

24.0%

45-54

17.0%

65+

13.0%

35-44

10.0%

15-24

7.0%

25-34

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

26.3%

45-54

22.6%

55-64

19.4%

35-44

16.7%

25-34

7.5%

65+

Top levels of education

37.4%

College certificate or diploma

$25,314 median annual income
26.3%

High school

$20,227 median annual income
17.2%

Bachelor's degree

$35,138 median annual income
6.6%

Trades certificate

$24,659 median annual income
6.4%

Less than high school

$13,978 median annual income

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

33.8%

College certificate or diploma

$36,304 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$32,903 median annual income
22.8%

Bachelor's degree

$41,755 median annual income
5.8%

Trades certificate

$34,807 median annual income
4.9%

Less than high school

$23,174 median annual income

Education & training

Accounting technology/technician and bookkeeping

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to provide technical administrative support to professional accountants and other financial management personnel. These programs include courses in posting transactions to accounts, record-keeping systems, accounting software operation, and general accounting principles and practices.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College

800 Sackville Drive

Lower Sackville, NS B4E 1R8

(902) 463-6700

Eastern College - Halifax

6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111

Halifax, NS B3L 0B7

(902) 423-3933

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

6960 Mumford Road, Suite 155-1st Floor Mumford Professional Centre

Halifax, NS B3L 4P1

(902) 455-3395

Centre for Distance Education

222 George Street, Suite C

Sydney, NS B1P 1J3

(866) 446-5898

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Finance - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that generally prepares individuals to plan, manage, and analyse the financial and monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions, or other organizations. These programs include courses in principles of accounting; financial instruments; capital planning; funds acquisition; asset and debt management; budgeting; financial analysis; and investments and portfolio management.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Human resources management and services - Other

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program not listed above that relates to Human Resources Management and Services.

Institutions providing this program

Eastern College - Halifax

6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111

Halifax, NS B3L 0B7

(902) 423-3933

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
10502 N Ambassador Dr., Ste. 100
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
Tel: (816) 891-6600
Fax: (816) 891-9118

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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