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Systems Auditor

Software products, applications, and information systems (including hardware, networks, and facilities) make up the internal control systems of an organization. Systems auditors assess the quality of these systems.

  • Avg. Salary $87,074.00
  • Avg. Wage $43.70
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 19,600
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Computer Specialist, Computer Systems Auditor, Fraud Investigator, Information Technology Specialist, Investigator, Systems Analyst

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Systems Auditors (2171.4) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Information Systems Analysts and Consultants (C071) 
  • 2011 NOC: Information systems analysts and consultants (2171) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

12%
12%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Systems Auditor is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Systems Auditors
METHODICAL

Interest in analyzing information to review organizational information technology (IT) policies, standards and procedures and to complete audit assessments according to standard IT audit practices

DIRECTIVE

Interest in consulting to recommend ways to improve quality assurance practices and procedures

INNOVATIVE

Interest in precision working to design information systems audits

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Systems auditors review, evaluate, and provide proactive, control-related advice regarding:

  • the effectiveness of control systems, policy, standards, and procedures
  • the performance of computer information systems and software
  • the effectiveness of security and control systems (which protect the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of information and systems)
  • compliance with external regulating bodies (and related regulations)
  • development of new business and information systems
  • problems with applications and recommended modifications
  • system testing with internal and external clients and required support during various phases of testing procedures.

In general, systems auditors work with the staff and management of the organization being audited. They assess the completeness, accuracy, validity, and efficiency of operational systems. They compare these with acknowledged internal and external criteria such as information security management (ISO 27001). While confirming compliance with standards, they also account for specific conditions and risk tolerance.

Systems auditors may conduct audits as part of an audit department within the company or as an annual external audit (by a consulting company). Internal audits are often performed in advance of an external audit. The goal is to reduce the overall cost of required external audits.

Duties vary in this role. In general, systems auditors:

  • evaluate the authorization, accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of transaction processing and controls in business systems
  • review application systems and business procedures to determine if they are achieving business objectives
  • review the use of computing facilities and controls
  • assist in other financial and operational audits and projects
  • design and build custom forms and reports for various business areas
  • review requirements with users and provide time estimates for task completion.

Systems auditors spend a lot of time consulting with people and writing reports. Their reports must be clear and logical.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Systems auditors work in office settings. They may use advanced information technology.

They often work standard weekday hours. They may have to work overtime to meet project deadlines.

Some positions require a lot of travel.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Systems auditors need to possess:

  • the ability to learn quickly
  • logical thinking and attention to detail
  • the ability to understand abstract relationships
  • speaking and writing skills
  • facilitation, consultation, and interpersonal skills
  • the ability to negotiate
  • the ability to plan, organize, and control several projects at the same time
  • an interest in keeping up with changes in technology, regulations, and legislation
  • the ability to convey technical ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • project leadership expertise.

They should enjoy:

  • working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • solving problems
  • lifelong learning.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

This is not an entry-level position. The work requires knowledge of business practices, information management, and computer technology. Systems auditors need both related post-secondary education and experience in technical, accounting, and business roles. Most employers prefer applicants who have a degree in accounting, business, computer science, or a related field, and professional certification.

There are a variety of degree and diploma programs related to computer science and accounting. These are offered by universities, colleges, technical institutes, and private vocational schools throughout Alberta. To learn more about accounting programs and designations (CA, CGA, CMA), see the Accountant occupational profile.

Before enrolling in any program, prospective systems auditors should discuss their education options with people already working in this field.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Canford Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Information Systems Professional

Information systems professionals investigate, analyze, design, develop or manage information systems based on computer and related technologies through the objective application of specialized knowledge and professional judgement.

Legislation

Information Systems Professional is a protected title under Alberta's Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act. This means that to call yourself an Information Systems Professional or use the I.S.P. designation, you must be a registered member of the Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta (CIPS Alberta). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself an Information Systems Professional.

What You Need

The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) has defined the body of knowledge required for certification and recognizes the many different ways this standard may be achieved. Applicants must provide documented evidence for 1 of the following I.S.P. designation criteria routes: (1) Established Academic, (2) IT Industry Leader, (3) Established IT Professional, (4) Education Plus Experience, (5) Exam, (6) Professional Experience Only (applicants must have entered the field prior to 1976), or (7) Upgrade from Candidate Status. For official, detailed information, visit the CIPS website, CIPS Alberta website or contact CIPS Alberta.

Working in Alberta

Information systems professionals who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered professionals in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

Contact Details

Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta
PO Box 21085
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6R 2V4
Phone Number: 780-431-9311
Toll-free phone number: 1-844-431-9311
Fax number: 780-413-0076
E-mail: alberta@cips.ca
Website: ab.cips.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Systems auditors work for large organizations in the private and public sectors, and for consulting firms.

Experienced systems auditors may advance to senior management positions.

Systems auditors 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 [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the C071: Information Systems Analysts and Consultants occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.5% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 212 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Earnings for systems auditors vary depending on their education and experience and the responsibilities of the position.

Information systems analysts and consultants

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $19.56 $48.59 $33.95 $34.65
Overall $23.68 $70.03 $43.70 $43.41
Top $29.34 $78.95 $52.30 $49.88

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
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Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Information, Culture, Recreation
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

36%
36%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

12%
12%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

9%
9%

Vacancy Rate

4%
Related High School Subjects
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Computing Science
    • Management and Marketing
    • Networking
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Computer and Information Technology
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) of Alberta website: www.cipsalberta.ca

Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) website: www.ictc-ctic.ca

Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) website: www.isaca.org

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) website: www.theiia.org

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Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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