Information Systems Analysts and Consultants

NOC 2171


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.


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.

Other 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

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Verbal & written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Adaptability
  • Decision making
  • Leadership
  • Presentation skills
  • Organization
  • Time management

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Most college/university programs in Ontario require an OSSD or Mature Student Status

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • 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 employers

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as information systems analysts and consultants are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR) Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW)
$73,338 $75,683 $75,525 $78,333

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
5171 Wired telecommunications carriers 20 120
5415 Computer systems design and related services 490 830
5416 Management, scientific and technical consulting services 45 145
9120 Provincial and territorial public administration 95 165

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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