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Calgary saw a slight decline in the number of accounting jobs in 2017. The most recent data shows that there are approximately 12,400 accounting jobs in Calgary, down 2.6% from 2016. This downsizing would most likely be tied to the generally adverse economic conditions facing Calgary in recent years.
In spite of there being fewer accounting positions in Calgary compared to last year, accountants are paid quite well in Calgary, on average earning more than their counterparts in other major Canadian cities.
Entry level salary: $63.8k - $76.6k
Intermediate salary: $68.8k - $82.4k
Senior salary: $75.5k - $90.6k
A wide variety of industries employ accountants in Calgary. The top five are:
Given the relatively lower demand for accountants in Calgary, it can be considered a competitive industry. In order to stand out, candidates should have the following skills:
Accountants form the basis of any successful financial team, and accountants have a lot of room to develop their skills and work their way up the corporate hierarchy. Some titles which accountants may choose to work towards include senior accountant, manager, and senior manager.