Job prospects Information Systems Quality Assurance Analyst in Ontario

Job opportunities for Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an information systems quality assurance analyst.

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Job opportunities in Ontario

information systems quality assurance analyst
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171) in Ontario 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 small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Information systems analysts and consultants are employed by all sectors of the economy, but mainly by computer systems design firms. Financial institutions and various levels of government are also key employers.

Among the five professional occupations in computer and information systems, information systems analysts and consultants has the largest workforce size.

This occupational group experienced significant growth over the last decade and job opportunities should remain favourable as companies pursue new ways to boost and protect their revenue bases.

In the increasingly knowledge-based economy, many firms are taking advantage of advanced information technology to expand the types of products and services offered. This is achieved through ways such as the provision of better processing platforms and access speeds. For example, the financial services sector is undergoing a major digital change and offering more of its services online or through mobile applications. Automotive manufacturers and software producers have been investing in large projects in relation to new features in connected cars, and for self-driving vehicles.

Meanwhile in healthcare and other areas of the public sector, new technologies are being adopted to provide more efficient services to employees and the general public. All of these trends are reliant on effective hardware and software systems which should add demand for the services of these professionals. Over the last several years, the output from the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector has grown nationally. The ICT cluster is mainly comprised of software and computers, and telecommunication service providers.

Alongside the popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) and more company processes being digitized, is the growing prevalence of cyber-security breaches. This factor will also strongly influence work opportunities for these professionals, particularly for systems security analysts to set up IT structures to reduce the risks and costs associated with these exposures. Based on the Canadian Survey of Cyber Security and Cybercrime (2017), more than half of the total spent by companies to prevent, detect and recover from cyber security breaches, was on salaries for employees, consultants and contractors who worked on these projects.

Within this occupation, artificial intelligence (AI) analysts specifically may also see more job openings due to the growing interest in applying these techniques to various types of business activities. A research institute to develop AI-related expertise specific to deep learning and machine learning has been established in Toronto. This effort should result in a wider use of the technology by companies in Ontario over the longer term, and should boost employment for these analysts and consultants. Artificial intelligence (AI) allows machines and built-in software to perform tasks which are usually undertaken by human beings, such as learning and processing information.

Other dominant technological trends will support job prospects for information systems analysts and consultants, including block chain infrastructure and virtual and augmented reality.

The most recently available data shows that graduates entering this occupation are from various university degree programs in Ontario, including computer science, engineering, business and commerce, and mathematics. A few graduates of college programs also add to the supply of new entrants.

In addition to formal education in a related study, employers tend to seek candidates who have solid skills in applying knowledge of the industry to the information communication technology needs of internal business lines. The requirement for individuals with over 5 years' experience is also common. Professional security certifications are available and are assets for obtaining work in this field. These include, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation offered by the International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2, and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) both by ISACA (previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association).

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

  • Approximately 108,350 people work in this occupation.
  • Information systems analysts and consultants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 33%
    • Monetary Authorities - central bank and securities, commodity contracts and other intermediation and related activities (NAICS 521, 522, 523): 14%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 8%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 6%
    • Other professional, scientific and technical services (NAICS 5414, 5416-5419): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 74% of information systems analysts and consultants work all year, while 26% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 14% of information systems analysts and consultants are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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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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