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Accounting Career Guide

Careers in accounting offer a wide range of opportunities to explore. Use this guide to learn more about the industry, or to learn how to hatch a student or entry level accounting job.

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Accounting Average Starting Salaries

Corporate Accountant

  • Toronto, ON
    $42,994
  • Ottawa, ON
    $42,400
  • Montreal, QC
    $40,845
  • Vancouver, BC
    $42,308
  • Halifax, NS
    $38,108
  • Calgary, AB
    $45,909

Public Accountant

  • Toronto, ON
    $40,557
  • Ottawa, ON
    $40,598
  • Montreal, QC
    $40,018
  • Vancouver, BC
    $40,929
  • Halifax, NS
    $36,617
  • Calgary, AB
    $45,731

Tax Accountant

  • Toronto, ON
    $34,581
  • Ottawa, ON
    $35,229
  • Montreal, QC
    $33,701
  • Vancouver, BC
    $35,806
  • Halifax, NS
    $32,115
  • Calgary, AB
    $40,104

Bookkeeper

  • Toronto, ON
    $30,429
  • Ottawa, ON
    $28,751
  • Montreal, QC
    $27,982
  • Vancouver, BC
    $30,432
  • Halifax, NS
    $27,764
  • Calgary, AB
    $32,590

Considering a career in Accounting?

Accounting is a versatile industry for anyone looking for endless professional growth and development opportunities. If you are passionate about understanding the inner workings of a business, have a mind for numbers or enjoy helping businesses prepare for the future, the accounting industry offers students and grads a variety of different service areas and professional designations to pursue.

Make an effort to get to know the recruiting team. They meet hundreds of students throughout the recruiting season, so take initiative so that you are not forgotten.

Sarah Whelan, recent Queen’s University accounting grad

In-demand skills and traits:

Leadership

Team oriented

Interpersonal skills

Attention to detail

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