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Accounting and related clerks calculate, prepare and process bills, invoices, accounts payable and receivable, budgets and other financial records according to established procedures. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.
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- Calculate, prepare and issue documents related to accounts such as bills, invoices, inventory reports, account statements and other financial statements using computerized and manual systems
- Code, total, batch, enter, verify and reconcile transactions such as accounts payable and receivable, payroll, purchase orders, cheques, invoices, cheque requisitions, and bank statements in a ledger or computer system
- Compile budget data and documents based on estimated revenues and expenses and previous budgets
- Prepare period or cost statements or reports
- Calculate costs of materials, overhead and other expenses based on estimates, quotations, and price lists
- Respond to customer inquiries, maintain good customer relations and solve problems
- Perform related clerical duties, such as word processing, maintaining filing and record systems, faxing and photocopying.
Outlook & Prospects for Accounting and Related Clerks in Halifax Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Currently the chances of qualified Accounting and Related Clerks finding employment are considered to be good in the local area. This is a large occupational group, found across all industries, so employment tends to be stable. The Halifax area has a large employer base, and replacement of staff therefore creates a lot of positions. Many accounting clerks are also found in the finance/insurance industry, which is large and active in the area. Opportunities are certainly best for those with at least one or two years of experience. While positions are numerous, a high percentage are of a casual, part-time nature and newcomers to the field, those without high level computer skills or those without a broad range of abilities may have a more difficult time finding stable employment.
The computerization of many basic functions has resulted in a broader role for many administrative support positions, including accounting clerks. Duties from other clerical jobs are often been added to those of the accounting clerk. Workers with broad and higher level skills have the advantage also of being able to qualify for similar or higher level occupations.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Accounting and Related Clerks in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Accounting and Related Clerks (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- The province’s biotech industry has taken over the Halifax-based medical research lab previously operated by the National Research Council to save it from closure. The lab employs 13 people.
- Conifer Fund Services, a San Francisco-based hedge fund company, will open an office within months in Halifax and could hire up to 120 workers over time. The company is attracted to the educated labour force in the area.
- Ressources Appalaches, a Quebec-based mining company, has secured funding and hopes to begin recruiting 50 to 60 people in the next month to restart operations at the Dufferin gold mine near Sheet Harbour
- Atlantic Gold hopes to begin production at the proposed gold mine in Moose River by the middle of 2015, although there are still hurdles to overcome
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- Flight-simulation developer Atlantis Systems Corp., which employs 73 people in Dartmouth, will work with Calian Technologies Ltd. as part of a two-year technician training project for the Defence Department beginning in 2013
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Armco Capital Inc. expects to begin work on a subdivision near McCabe Lake in Middle Sackville in May 2013
- Thermo Dynamics, a Dartmouth-based manufacturer of solar heating hardware, expects to hire around 10 new employees over the next two years. The company will install systems in homes as part of a pilot project run by city council.
Week of Apr 01 – Apr 05, 2013
- NovaScotian Crystal, the Halifax maker of mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal which had recently undergone a change of ownership, is hiring three new apprentice artisans
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