Systems security analysts are employed by organizations that have a web presence (for example, website, FTP site, e-mail service) and by consulting firms.
When companies hire consulting firms to perform security functions, they still need in-house personnel to ensure that consulting agreements are functioning as intended. In-house positions usually have a strong internal compliance component related to auditing and privacy compliance.
Advancement generally takes the form of more responsibility. The best and brightest systems security analysts may become sneakers or pen testers who identify security holes and flaws by deliberately cracking systems and performing penetration tests.
Systems security 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 systems security analysts form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for systems security analysts.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.