Information systems quality assurance analysts are employed by information technology consulting firms, and in the information technology departments of large organizations in both the private and public sectors. Some quality assurance analysts are self-employed.
Many analysts start off as computer programmers or systems testers and, with experience, move into quality assurance analyst positions. Depending on the size of the organization and the analyst's qualifications, experienced quality assurance analysts may advance to supervisory positions. Those who have business experience or training may establish their own consulting firms.
Information systems quality assurance analysts are part of a larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2171: Information systems analysts and consultants. In Alberta, 76% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Over 14,100 Albertans are employed in the Information systems analysts and consultants occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.5% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 212 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As information systems quality assurance analysts form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for information systems quality assurance analysts.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.