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Information systems analysts and consultants conduct research, 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 private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.
IT (information technology) consultant, computer consultant, computer systems analyst, informatics consultant, informatics security analyst, information systems business analyst, information systems quality assurance analyst, management information systems (MIS) analyst, systems auditor, systems consultant, systems security analyst.
- Information systems business analysts and consultants confer with clients to identify and document requirements, conduct business and technical studies, design, develop, integrate and implement information systems business solutions, and 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, and 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.
Outlook & Prospects for Information Systems Analysts and Consultants in Outaouais Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Outaouais region are expected to be good for this occupation.
The Government of Canada's information technology (IT) transformation initiative, the goal of which is to develop more efficient and cost-effective infrastructure (electrical, banking and telecommunications systems) and improve the security and confidentiality of the main computer networks in an effort to prevent cyber-attacks, should benefit information systems analysts and consultants. Openings will result both from employment growth and from positions that become vacant as analysts and consultants take up management positions. According to the 2006 Census, the proportion of people aged 55 and over (9.1%) is lower in this occupational group than it is in all occupations combined (12.5%). Because many young people work in this occupational group, there will be few openings as a result of retirements.
People in this occupation work primarily in Public Administration (52%), Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (28%), and Information and Cultural Industries (4%). Employers seek people who have exhaustive up-to-date technical knowledge in programming and operating systems. They must have strong mathematical skills, be up to date on innovations, and demonstrate skills in synthesis, analysis and problem solving.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Jun 10 – Jun 14, 2013
- Gatineau-based Kaboom Communications has been awarded a $95,000 contract by the City of Gatineau to develop the communications plan for its future multiplex centre (available in French only)
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- The City of Gatineau has awarded 8 contracts with a value of $18M to Cima+ for the development of new industrial sites close to the Gatineau airport (available in French only)
Week of Nov 26 – Nov 30, 2012
- Hydro-Québec will abolish a dozen clerk and customer service agent positions in Gatineau. Approximately 15 other positions will also be cut. (available in French only)
Week of Oct 22 – Oct 26, 2012
- A financial contribution of more than $686,000 to Fermessor Outaouais will help diversify the entrepreneurial base by increasing the number of female entrepreneurs (available in French only)
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