Job prospects Computer Systems Analyst in Nova Scotia

Job opportunities for Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171) are good in Nova Scotia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a computer systems analyst.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Nova Scotia

computer systems analyst
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171) in Nova Scotia for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Demand for this occupation is expected to remain strong with continuing growth anticipated in the information technology field. A very large proportion of the employers are located in Halifax which has a diverse technology-based economy. The greatest demand will continue to be for employees with five or more years of experience, and with leading-edge skills particularly oriented towards business applications. New graduates of modern co-op programs should have less difficulty breaking into the labour market than those from traditional programs.

Here are some key facts about Information systems analysts and consultants in the Nova Scotia region:

  • Approximately 2,900 people work in this occupation.
  • Information systems analysts and consultants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 39%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 9%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 8%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 6%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 80% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • 75% of information systems analysts and consultants work all year, while 25% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 37 weeks compared to 30 weeks for all occupations.
  • 7% of information systems analysts and consultants are self-employed compared to an average of 9% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Nova Scotia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Annapolis Valley Region Fair Fair
    Cape Breton Region Fair Fair
    Halifax Region Good Good
    North Shore Region Fair Fair
    Southern Region Fair Fair
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171) in Canada over the next 10 years.

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