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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.

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) 
  • 2016 NOC: Information systems analysts and consultants (2171) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Systems Auditors

2006 NOC: 2171.4

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
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

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

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 for this NOC group 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.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2022

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

  • The effectiveness of 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
  • Systems 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 account for specific conditions and risk tolerance.

Systems auditors may conduct audits as part of an audit department within the company. Or they may perform an annual external audit as part of a consulting company. In general, internal audits are done in advance of an external audit. The goal is to reduce the overall cost of 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
  • Help 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 authoring reports. Their reports must be clear and logical.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2022
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg

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.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2022

Systems auditors need:

  • 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
  • Negotiation skills
  • Organization and time-management skills (to juggle several projects at once)
  • The ability to convey technical ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Leadership skills

They should enjoy:

  • Working with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Solving problems
  • Keeping up with changes in technology, regulations, and legislation

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Information systems analysts and consultants

2011 NOC: 2171

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between May 27, 2022 and Oct 05, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Tasks: Design, develop and implement information systems business solutions
Tasks: Confer with clients to identify and document requirements
Tasks: Provide advice on information systems strategy, policy, management and service delivery
Tasks: Conduct reviews to assess quality assurance practices, software products and information systems
Tasks: Develop policies, procedures and contingency plans to minimize the effects of security breaches
Tasks: Develop and implement policies and procedures throughout the software development life cycle
Tasks: Assess physical and technical security risks to data, software and hardware
Tasks: Conduct business and technical studies
Construction Specialization: Organized
Construction Specialization: Effective interpersonal skills
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2022
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary

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 with a degree in accounting, business, computer science, or a related field, as well as professional certification.

Various degree and diploma programs are 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.

Bow Valley College
Canford Institute of Technology
Robertson College - Calgary
Robertson College - Edmonton

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2022
  • Certification Provincially Regulated

Certain professional titles or duties within this occupation are protected by provincial legislation. Requirements vary if you use these titles or perform these duties.

The related legislation is shown below. If there are multiple related legislations, select a certification heading to learn about each one.

Information Systems Professional

Information systems professionals investigate, analyze, design, develop, or manage information systems based on computer and related technologies. They do so objectively applying specialized knowledge and professional judgement.

Legislation

Information Systems Professional is a protected title under Alberta’s Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act [pdf].

To call yourself an Information Systems Professional or use the ISP designation, you must register as a member of the Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta (CIPS Alberta).

You do not have to register if you do not call yourself an Information Systems Professional.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Information Systems Professional.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2022

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.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 2171: Information systems analysts and consultants occupational group, 79.9% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 2171: Information systems analysts and consultants occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 366 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

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

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2022

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

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Information systems analysts and consultants

2016 NOC: 2171
Average Wage
$45.60
Per Hour
Average Salary
$90,533.00
Per Year
Average Hours
38.3
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 2171 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

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.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

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.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $21.90 $55.07 $35.33 $34.21
Overall $27.67 $63.22 $45.60 $45.67
Top $32.26 $81.63 $54.92 $53.87

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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.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Oil & Gas Extraction
Construction
Public Administration
ALL INDUSTRIES
Health Care & Social Assistance
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Educational Services
Information, Culture, Recreation
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
37%
37%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
17%
17%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
5%
5%
Vacancy Rate
2%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Computer and Information Technology
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2022

Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) of Alberta website: ab.cips.ca

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

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

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

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Updated Mar 31, 2022. 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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