Information systems specialists

Strong job outlook

Overview

Information systems specialists analyze, test and assess systems requirements, develop and implement information systems development plans, policies and procedures, and provide advice on a wide range of information systems issues. They are employed in information technology consulting firms and in information technology units throughout the public and private sectors, or they may be self-employed.

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Design, develop, test, implement and oversee IT systems

  • Collect and analyze data to identify areas for improvement within an organization's IT infrastructure

  • Review existing IT systems and internal processes

  • Develop, implement and apply policies and procedures throughout the software development life cycle to maximize the efficiency, effectiveness and overall quality of software products and information systems, and to ensure that all systems and processes meet organization standards and user requirements

  • Develop quality assurance procedures and tests for the development and improvement of new and existing systems

  • Identify, analyze and document discrepancies and ensure that appropriate adjustments are made

  • Perform preventive maintenance tasks on computer systems.

Job titles

  • applications analyst - computer systems
  • cloud service management specialist
  • computer analyst
  • computer consultant
  • computer simulations analyst
  • computer systems analyst

Employment prospects

Source: BC Labour Market Outlook 2023 edition

Annual salary

Low

$54,226

Median

$87,595

High

$130,079

Job openings

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Strong job outlook

British Columbia

4,360

expected job openings (5-year forecast)

Education and training

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in computer science, computer systems engineering, software engineering, business administration or a related discipline or completion of a college program in computer science is usually required.
  • A professional certification such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or another related information technology (IT) designation.
  • Certification or training provided by software vendors may be required by some employers.
  • Experience as a computer programmer is usually required.

Additional information

  • No additional information

Certification requirements

Optional: The following certifications are optional to practice as Information systems specialists in B.C.

  • Certification as a Certified Information Systems Auditor - Information System Specialists
  • Certification as a Certified Internal Auditor - Information System Specialists

Certification as a Certified Information Systems Auditor - Information System Specialists

Please confirm with the certifying body that your intended program qualifies you for this certification. To work as an information systems specialist in BC, you may choose to earn certification as a Certified Information Systems Auditor. Eligibility is achieved through completing examination requirements and presenting evidence of sufficient work experience.

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Certification as a Certified Internal Auditor - Information System Specialists

Please confirm with the certifying body that your intended program qualifies you for this certification. To work as an information systems specialist in BC, you may choose to earn certification as a Certified Internal Auditor. Eligibility is achieved through a combination of education, work experience, and examination.

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Work Experience

  • Work experience recommended

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