Accounting has always been a fairly safe career bet. Every business—from local start-ups to multinational corporations—needs skilled accounting professionals to compete and grow.
And there are accounting jobs beyond the world of business, too. Government agencies, not-for-profit groups, educational institutions, and community organizations all hire accounting personnel.
But if you're considering starting accounting training, you need more specific information about job opportunities in this field. You need to know what demand is like for beginner, entry-level roles (versus senior accountants).
And if you don't want a university degree, you need to know what positions you could qualify for with an accounting diploma—and whether those jobs are in demand where you live.
We've got you covered.
Several trusted sources, including the Government of Canada Job Bank and staffing expert Randstad Canada, have published reports showing rising demand for accounting professionals at all levels—in Manitoba and all across Canada.
Here's a look at the highlights. Find out if you're a good fit for this career and which positions you could qualify for without a university degree.
Accounting technician and bookkeeper Ranked among Top Jobs in Canada
The first jobs list is Randstad's annual Top 15 Jobs in Canada review. Accounting technician gets spot #5 among the fastest-growing occupations in the country.
The second report, also by Randstad, is more specific: The Best Finance and Accounting Jobs. This list features various accounting and payroll positions as top careers to pursue right now. And these weren't just high-level accounting jobs.
For example, bookkeeper took top spot on the list. This is a more junior role.
Payroll specialist is another entry-level position on Randstad's list. While senior roles typically require a university degree, CPA designation, and years of experience, you can start in payroll with a college accounting diploma.
Manitoba shows strong demand for Accounting Technicians
Where Randstad's lists reflects widespread hiring trends for the whole of Canada, the Job Bank has data on specific provinces and cities. The latest report for Manitoba has a very promising forecast for accounting technicians in particular.
This occupation gets five stars for demand from the Job Bank—its highest possible rating.
Accounting technicians are responsible for a range of accounting and bookkeeping tasks, including:
- Maintaining and balancing accounts
- Maintaining general ledgers
- Preparing financial statements, statistical and accounting reports
- Calculating and preparing cheques for payroll
- Preparing and submitting tax remittance forms
They work for private businesses and public organizations, or they can be self-employed.
This is a position accounting students can qualify for straight out of college.
What accounting skills do you need to start your career?
Whether you start out as an accounting technician or payroll clerk, it's important to know which skills will help you compete for top jobs. What are employers looking for in accounting staff right now? Are these things you're interested in learning?
According to research by Randstad, two main skills are considered most important by employers: Microsoft Excel, and knowledge of standardized accounting procedures and best practices.
A quality accounting diploma will give you a solid foundation in both areas. At Herzing, for example, our accounting and payroll program includes courses in:
- Building spreadsheets, and using formulas in Excel (including charts, worksheets and workbook management, and report creation)
- Standard accounting principles and practices for the complete accounting cycle
- In-depth training on popular accounting software packages (QuickBooks and Sage 50)
- Payroll compliance and processing methods
Training culminates in a six-week internship, where students get to apply and strengthen the skills learned in class. It's also a great way to add experience to your resume and make industry contacts.
Complete Your Accounting and Payroll Diploma in Just 10 Months
Accounting and payroll is one of the shortest business diplomas out there. Several Winnipeg schools offer programs under 12 months in length.
At Herzing, for example, our accounting and payroll program is just 10 months long, including the six-week internship. You can choose from online or hybrid options.
Bottom line: There are quality, flexible accounting programs out there. Make a short list of schools you like and book appointments with their admissions advisors to find your best fit.
Meeting with admissions will give you a chance to see the campus, check out the facilities, and learn more about courses, financial aid, application requirements, etc. This step is key to making an informed decision, and investing your tuition and time wisely. Don't skip it!
Get started right now. Chat live with an admissions advisor or explore the program page for more information.