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As an accountant, you plan, organize and administer accounting systems for organizations and individuals. You ensure the financial processes of your employer are accurate and taxes are paid properly and on time.

all about accountants:

A rise in computerized accounting and improvements to accounting software programs makes performing traditional accounting tasks faster and more efficient. With these tools on your side, tasks that typically required your full attention can now be done by accounting clerks and assistants, freeing you to focus on tasks such as effective reporting and analysis.


what accountant jobs entail:

As an accountant, you will typically work in an office environment, though with the prevalence of accounting software, you may be able to work remotely from time to time. The industries and organizations where you can work vary greatly. You may work in a customer-facing role, helping individuals with their finances, or you can serve as a business accountant, managing company finances.

average accountant salaries in canada:

The average accountant can expect to make between $50,000 and $80,000, depending on their level of experience and location.
Salaries for accountants are consistent across Canada, indicating a strong demand for your skills and training. As a freshly minted accountant, you can expect to make in the mid $50,000 range in your first position, with plenty of room to grow as your skills and experience level do.

where you can work:

The vast majority of businesses in Canada have some financial component, ensuring that accounting jobs are in constant demand across a wide array of industries and fields. Skilled accountants will find there are plentiful opportunities in all markets across Canada.

The largest employers in Canada's financial sector are banks, however, insurance companies, consulting companies and accounting companies are also employers with large accounting teams. You may also opt to work as an in-house accountant at a company in just about any industry of your choosing.

your day to day tasks:

As an accountant, your day is filled with a variety of different accounting functions including analysis, planning, and reporting. Some tasks that will cross your desk on a daily basis include:

  • planning, setting up and administering accounting systems
  • analyzing profits and losses
  • managing and processing payroll functions
  • preparing financial information, financial statements, and reports
  • producing, analyzing and auditing accounting records
  • preparing records for tax purposes
  • influencing financial strategy and planning
  • providing analysis of financial information
  • preparing computer system audits and corporate restructuring
  • supervising other employees in your department such as accounting assistants and accounting clerks

what you bring to the table

To become an accountant, you will need to have an aptitude for numbers and math, first and foremost. Proficiency in office and accounting software is also expected. Since you may interface with customers in your accounting job, excellent communication skills will also be a frequent requirement.
Skills employers look for when hiring for accountant jobs include:

  • excellent math and analytic skills
  • understanding of finance law and best practices
  • problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • high level of organization
  • professional demeanor and adherence to ethical standards
  • knowledge of accounting processes
  • experience with accounting software
  • skill with spreadsheet software and microsoft office
  • ability to work with and manage a team
  • proficiency in English and French is a plus

training and certifications:

In order to become a Chartered Accountant, you must complete a university degree in accounting, accounting science or business administration.
Once you've obtained your degree, you will need to complete a professional training program that has been approved by your province's Institute of Chartered Accountants. Depending on the province you live in, you will also be required to complete 24 to 30 months of on-the-job training to obtain your membership in your provincial Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Beyond obtaining your Chartered Accountant designation, you can enhance your resume with accounting experience. Prior experience with accounting jobs or other finance-driven roles will make your application more attractive to potential employers.

where your career is headed:

The job market looks bright for accountants. As a Chartered Accountant, you play a crucial role in maintaining healthy finances for your company. No matter the state of the economy, skilled accountants are needed to plan for future financial stability and ensure that an intelligent financial strategy is in place. 

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