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Job Trends Canada – IT Analysts

Posted on September 25, 2020
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Job Trends - Canada IT Analyst

An Information systems analyst or an IT analyst analyzes and test systems requirements helps to develop and implement information systems development plans, policies and procedures. They also provide advice on information systems issues.

IT analysts are employed by IT consulting firms, IT units in public and private companies or may be self-employed.

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.

Job prospects for IT analysts in Canada

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Median wage per hour- The median wage for this profession is 40 dollars per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where the median wage is 41.21 dollars per hour.

Skills required

  • Analytical skills to plan, project outcomes and analyze information
  • Information processing skills
  • Communication skills
  • Knowledge of computer and information systems and their design
  • Evaluation skills

Salary table

Community/Area Wages ($/hour)
Province Low Median High
Alberta 25.50 41.21 62.50
British Columbia 24.04 38.46 51.28
Manitoba 21.03 38.46 56.41
New Brunswick 22.51 35.38 48.00
Newfoundland and Labrador 27.93 36.06 48.21
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia 22.50 36.06 48.00
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 22.00 39.10 56.41
Prince Edward Island 24.04 32.69 49.52
Quebec 22.12 35.77 54.87
Saskatchewan 26.67 38.97 58.97
Yukon Territory N/A N/A N/A

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for IT analysts is good in most provinces of Canada.

Location Job prospects
Yukon Territory Undetermined
Saskatchewan Good
Quebec Good
Prince Edward Island Fair
Ontario Good
Nunavut Undetermined
Nova Scotia Good
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Newfoundland and Labrador Good
New Brunswick Good
Manitoba Good
British Columbia Good
Alberta Fair

10-year predictions

For IT analysts, new job openings over the period between 2019-2028 is expected to be 113,000, while 98,700 new job seekers will be available to fill them.

Projected job vacancies are projected to be substantially higher for job applicants, thereby creating a shortage of jobs over the period of 2019-2028.

Employment growth for IT analysts is projected to be one of the strongest among all occupations.  Regarding job openings in the next ten years, job creation will represent 47% of all openings, which is above average considering it is 27% for other occupations. Most of these professionals work in areas such as the design of computer systems and related facilities, as well as in the fields of banking, insurance, real estate and leasing services, telecommunications, and information services. Demand is expected to increase due to technological improvements for jobs in this profession. Indeed, rapid innovation will continue, encouraging Canadian companies to develop their IT infrastructure.

It is estimated that there will be a shortage of employees which will account for 15% of vacant positions in the next ten years.

 Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer systems engineering, software engineering, business administration or a related discipline
  • Experience as a computer programmer
  • Some employers may demand Certification or training provided by software vendors

License requirements

IT analysts require a certification from a regulatory authority before they start working, though it is not mandatory in all provinces. The table below gives details of regulatory requirements of provinces where it is compulsory:

Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Information Systems Professional (certified) Regulated Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta CIPS Alberta
Québec Video Game Tester Regulated Emploi Québec
Saskatchewan Information Systems Professional Regulated Canadian Information Processing Society of Saskatchewan Inc.

A number of vacancies- There are 342 job openings for IT analysts in Canada.

Responsibilities of an IT analyst

  • Define and record specifications, confer with customers
  • Carry out the organization and professional surveys
  • Design, develop and implement enterprise solutions for information systems
  • Provide guidance on strategy, policy, management and service delivery of information systems
  • Assess data, software and hardware physical and technical security risks
  • Develop policies, procedures and contingency plans to mitigate the consequences of security breaches
  • Develop and apply policies and procedures during the life cycle of software development
  • Analyze quality assurance activities, software products and information systems, perform reviews

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