The following is a summary of the main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
A. Information systems business analysts and consultants confer with clients to identify and document requirements, conduct business and technical studies, design, develop, integrate and implement information systems business solutions, and provide advice on information systems strategy, policy, management, security and service delivery.
B. Systems security analysts confer with clients to identify and document requirements, assess physical and technical security risks to data, software and hardware, and develop policies, procedures and contingency plans to minimize the effects of security breaches.
C. Information systems quality assurance analysts develop and implement policies and procedures throughout the software development life cycle to maximize the efficiency, effectiveness and overall quality of software products and information systems.
D. Systems auditors conduct independent third-party reviews to assess quality assurance practices, software products and information systems.
1. Computer systems design and related services - 38.0%
2. Public administration - 11.0%
3. Finance and insurance - 10.0%
4. Information and cultural industries - 7.0%
5. Wholesale trade - 5.0%
6. Management scientific and technical consulting services - 4.0%
1. 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.
2. Experience as a computer programmer is usually required.
3. Certification or training provided by software vendors may be required by some employers.
4. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree and almost 3 in 10 have a community college diploma.
The average hourly wages for Information Systems Analysts and Consultants is $29.45/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.
3% of Information Systems Analysts and Consultants are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for professionnal occupations.