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Systems Auditor

Systems auditors conduct reviews to assess the quality of software products, applications and information systems (including hardware, networks and facilities) that make up the internal control systems of an organization.

  • Avg. Salary $90,348.00
  • Avg. Wage $45.67
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook Down
  • Employed 14,100
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

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

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

52%
52%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
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  • Certification Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Systems Auditor is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Systems Auditors
NOC code: 2171.4
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 Jun 20, 2017

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

  • effectiveness of control systems, policy, standards and procedures
  • performance of computer information systems and software
  • security and control systems that 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.

In general, systems auditors work with the staff and management of the organization being audited to assess the completeness, accuracy, validity and efficiency of information processing systems against acknowledged internal and external criteria (for example, ISO 27001, Sarbanes-Oxley SOX, Bill 198 Securities Commission or C-SOX, COBIT, Systrust). While complying with standards, they also must take specific conditions and tolerance of risk into account.

Systems auditors may conduct audits from an internal perspective as part of an internal audit group or an external perspective as part of the yearly external audit by a consulting company. Internal audits often are done in advance of an external audit with the goal of reducing the overall cost of required external audits.

Duties vary from one position to another in this evolving occupation. For example, systems auditors may:

  • 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.

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

Working Conditions
Updated Jun 20, 2017

Systems auditors work in office environments with sophisticated information technology. They usually work standard weekday hours except when overtime is required to meet project deadlines.

Some positions require a significant amount of travel.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Jun 20, 2017

Systems auditors need the following characteristics:

  • the ability to learn quickly, think logically and understand abstract relationships
  • the ability to pay close attention to details
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • excellent facilitation skills
  • excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • the ability to plan, organize and control several projects at the same time
  • a keen interest in keeping up with ever-changing technology.

They should enjoy working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and solving problems.

Educational Requirements
Updated Jun 20, 2017

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

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

Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA) from the Institute of Internal Auditors helps systems auditors develop the facilitation skills required to work with the staff and management of the organizations they audit.

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

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Jun 20, 2017

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.

Education

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 Jun 20, 2017

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Systems auditors are employed by large organizations in the private and public sectors, and by 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 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 system auditors form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for systems auditors.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Jun 20, 2017

Salaries for systems auditors vary depending on their education and experience, and the responsibilities of their positions.

Information systems analysts and consultants
NOC code: 2171

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Starting $21.28 $53.33 $34.85 $34.65
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Top $35.56 $89.83 $57.25 $53.12

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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
Oil & Gas Extraction
Transportation and Warehousing
Public Administration
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Educational Services
Wholesale Trade
Manufacturing
Health Care & Social Assistance
Business, Building and Other Support Services (aka Management, Administrative, and other Services)
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

52%
52%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

12%
12%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

4%
4%

2015 Vacancy Rate

2%
Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Computing Science
    • Management and Marketing
    • Networking
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Computer and Information Technology
Other Sources of Information
Updated Jun 20, 2017

Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) website: www.cips.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 Oct 01, 2009. 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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