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Category: Accounting

Bookkeeping 101 | 6 Essential Things To Help You Find a Career

By Sarah Jo L on October 19th, 2016 in Accounting

As long as there has been the idea of ‘business’, there has been a need for someone to help manage finances. For centuries it has been someone close to the business or the owner themselves trying to juggle this job along with all the other responsibilities and duties they hold. Read more >

Top 10 Highest Paying Accounting Careers

By Sebastian Nguyen on May 25th, 2016 in Accounting

If you’re someone who’s good with numbers, the accounting industry may be exactly what you’re looking for. Find out about the Top 10 Highest Paying Accounting Careers Read more >

Accounting Industry Setting its Sights on a Younger Generation of Canadians!

By Jessica Hurford on March 14th, 2013 in Accounting

If accounting is your chosen career path, you might be delighted to find that there is an increasing growth demand for fresh new accountants! As the baby boomer generation continues to move towards the age of retirement, accounting firms and payroll agencies are beginning to look at new approaches to attracting young people interested in accounting jobs in Canada. Read more >

Accounting student preparing for exams

Starting A Career in Accounting

By Brighton College on December 28th, 2012 in Accounting

Every organization needs a good accountant. With so many job opportunities available for qualified accounting students, it’s only natural that Brighton College, a Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) Certified Partner, would offer a program in the field. In fact, it offers two. Read more >

Accounting & Payroll Clerk Industry Overview

By Brighton College on February 9th, 2012 in Accounting

After looking at how Accounting & Payroll Clerk employment opportunities are shaping up for the near future, it is expected that job openings will meet the number of job seekers in this field, allowing for optimism and opportunity for professionals looking to enter the workforce in accounting and payroll clerk positions.


Compensation in payroll & accounting clerk careers range anywhere from $15 to $17 per hour on the lower end to approximately $27 or $28 per hour on the higher end. As in most industries and occupations, salaries are influenced by experience and career training.

Outlook & Prospects:

As mentioned above, the next 5 – 10 years are expected to be stable in terms of opportunity, employment, and income for accounting & payroll clerk jobs. Although employment opportunities are not expected to grow by significant amounts, they are also not expected to decline at all, in fact, they are projected to stay on track at the level they are at now.

Main Duties:

In accounting and payroll career training programs, graduates are expected to be able to perform some of the following main duties: ensuring employment attendance and compensation records are accurate and up to date, put together earnings and pay statements for employees, perform administration of benefits, leaves, and insurance documentation and procedures, and a variety of other occupational tasks.

Skills & Training:

Common skills that are needed between both accounting careers and payroll clerk jobs are thoroughly covered in most business accounting and payroll career programs. They include a focus on numeracy, communication both verbal and written, as well as a working knowledge of the latest computer software prominently utilized in this field. Payroll association certification is generally a requirement for entry into these occupations.

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