2171 Information systems analysts and consultants

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Lead statement

Information systems analysts and consultants analyze and test systems requirements, develop and implement information systems development plans, policies and procedures, and provide advice on a wide range of information systems issues. They are employed in information technology consulting firms and in information technology units throughout the public and private sectors, or they may be self-employed.

Example Titles

  • informatics security analyst
  • systems security analyst
  • systems auditor
  • systems consultant
  • information technology (IT) consultant
  • information systems business analyst
  • computer systems analyst
  • management information systems (MIS) analyst
  • informatics consultant

Main duties

The following is a summary of the main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

Information systems business analysts and consultants
  • Confer with clients to identify and document requirements
  • Conduct business and technical studies
  • Design, develop, integrate, test and implement information systems business solutions
  • Provide advice on information systems strategy, policy, management, security and service delivery.
Systems security analysts
  • Confer with clients to identify and document requirements, assess physical and technical security risks to data, software and hardware
  • Develop policies, procedures and contingency plans to minimize the effects of security breaches.
Information systems quality assurance analysts
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures throughout the software development life cycle to maximize the efficiency, effectiveness and overall quality of software products and information systems.
Systems auditors
  • Conduct independent third-party reviews to assess quality assurance practices, software products and information systems.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in computer science, computer systems engineering, software engineering, business administration or a related discipline or Completion of a college program in computer science is usually required.
  • Experience as a computer programmer is usually required.
  • Certification or training provided by software vendors may be required by some employers.

Exclusions

  • Computer and information systems managers (02130213)
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (21472147)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (21742174)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (21722172)
  • Financial auditors and accountants (11111111)
  • Professional occupations in business management consulting (11221122)
  • Software engineers and designers (21732173)
  • Web designers and developers (21752175)