Job prospects Systems Security Analyst in Ontario

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "systems security analyst" was moved from the group Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171) to the group Cybersecurity specialists (NOC 21220).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "systems security analyst" in Ontario or Canada.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

systems security analyst
Prospects over the next 3 years
Very good

The employment outlook will be very good for Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171) in Ontario for the 2022-2024 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.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Various industries, but leading share employed in computer systems design services
  • Financial services, mainly banks, and insurance companies
  • Public administration, largely federal government departments
  • Information and cultural industries, mainly wired telecommunications carriers

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Greater use of the internet and the technological changes in many business operations, with spending on new software and related products and systems, including in the finance and insurance and health care sectors
  • Prevalence, growing concern, and rising costs of cybersecurity breaches
  • Remote work structures resulting from COVID-19 accelerated information technology (IT) transformation
  • Large investments in the automotive industry and ongoing development of autonomous vehicle technologies
  • Increased private and public-sector investments in digital infrastructure, including broadband projects
  • Key technology trends related to artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, and cloud technologies

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • In addition to other formal education, experience with networking, security, or service desks, and/or industry-specific knowledge may be required
  • Knowledge of cryptography, computer architecture, data structures and algorithms, and C, C++, Java, and similar programming languages
  • Professional security certifications available include: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP),Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Certification

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • In general:
    • Micro-credentials or short-term training courses and certification are being offered by post-secondary institutions to help job seekers upskill; courses may also be offered by industry stakeholders
    • Bridging Programs are also available to assist internationally trained professionals in various fields enter the labour market more quickly in the province

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

  • Approximately 135,950 people work in this occupation.
  • Information systems analysts and consultants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 37%
    • 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): 6%
  • 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.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 72% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 28% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 10% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 6% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 26% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 41% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 21% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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