Bookkeepers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Keep financial records and establish, maintain and balance various accounts using manual and computerized bookkeeping systems
B. Post journal entries and reconcile accounts, prepare trial balance of books, maintain general ledgers and prepare financial statements
C. Calculate and prepare cheques for payrolls and for utility, tax and other bills
D. Complete and submit tax remittance forms, workers' compensation forms, pension contribution forms and other government documents
E. Prepare tax returns and perform other personal bookkeeping services
F. Prepare other statistical, financial and accounting reports.
1. Accounting tax preparation bookkeeping and payroll services - 17.0%
2. Retail trade - 12.0%
3. Construction - 10.0%
4. Other services (except public administration) - 7.0%
5. Wholesale trade - 6.0%
6. Farms - 5.0%
7. Transportation and warehousing - 5.0%
1. You must have a high school diploma.
2. You must finish a college program in accounting, bookkeeping or a related field or two years (first level) of a recognized professional accounting program (such as Chartered Accounting or Certified General Accounting), or a combination of courses in accounting or bookkeeping plus several years' experience as a financial or accounting clerk.
3. With additional training, you may move up the ranks to become an accountant.
4. Many recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have an undergraduate university degree and 3 in 10 have a trade/vocational certificate.
4. Computer-related courses
The average hourly wages for Bookkeepers is $14.88/HR, which is below average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.