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Information systems specialists

OaSIS code 21222.00

Information systems specialists analyze, test and assess systems requirements, develop and implement information systems development plans, policies and procedures, and provide advice on a wide range of information systems issues.


Also known as

  • Computer systems analyst
  • Informatics consultant
  • Information systems quality assurance (QA) analyst
  • Information technology (IT) consultant
  • Management information systems (MIS) analyst
  • Systems auditor
  • Systems consultant

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Design, develop, test, implement and oversee IT systems
  • Collect and analyze data to identify areas for improvement within an organization's IT infrastructure
  • Review existing IT systems and internal processes
  • Develop, implement and apply policies and procedures throughout the software development life cycle to maximize the efficiency, effectiveness and overall quality of software products and information systems, and to ensure that all systems and processes meet organization standards and user requirements
  • Develop quality assurance procedures and tests for the development and improvement of new and existing systems
  • Identify, analyze and document discrepancies and ensure that appropriate adjustments are made
  • Perform preventive maintenance tasks on computer systems.

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NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

21 – Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

212 – Professional occupations in applied sciences (except engineering)

Minor group

2122 – Computer and information systems professionals

Unit group

21222 – Information systems specialists

Occupational profile

21222.00 – Information systems specialists

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Interacting with Computers
5 - Highest Level
Analyzing Data or Information
4 - High Level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
4 - High Level
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

4 - More than half the time
2 - Less than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
4 - Highly important
3 - Once a week or more but not every day


  • Information technology consulting firms
  • Information technology departments in the private and public sectors
  • Self-employed

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Fluency of Ideas
5 - Highest Level
Categorization Flexibility
4 - High Level
Deductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
Inductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
Information Ordering
4 - High Level


Proficiency or complexity level
5 - Highest Level
5 - Highest Level
Critical Thinking
4 - High Level
Decision Making
4 - High Level
Digital Literacy
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

5 - Extremely important
Analytical Thinking
5 - Extremely important
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important