Accounting Technicians manage a variety of financial tasks that range from simple accounting functions to preparing financial reports throughout Canada and can function as semi-professional accountants with training and experience.

The Job

Work realities:
Accounting Technicians work in offices with nine-to-five schedules, with overtime during busy seasons. The title may apply to a person who handles a variety of basic financial and clerical functions or to one who has obtained the training and certification to function as a semi-professional accountant.

Accounting Technicians provide services such as bookkeeping, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, tax preparation, and financial report preparation. In smaller offices, they may perform other office duties.

Future possibilities:
Accounting Technicians can reach supervisory or management status with experience and education or become chartered accountants or other financial professionals.


Accounting Technician positions require strong computer skills, good math skills, a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, and excellent communication skills.

Required Skills and Training

While some more general Accounting Technician positions require just a high school diploma, most positions require a university degree, two years of professional accounting training, or a combination of coursework and experience.

Pay in this field increases with experience, education, and certification.

Skills and Certifications:
Accounting Technicians need familiarity with accounting principles, proficiency with office and accounting software, and excellent analytical abilities. By taking the necessary coursework and exams, they can be certified by the Association of Accounting Technicians. Fluency in both French and English is an asset.


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