In the USA very robust job growth is forecast for information systems security professionals for 2012 to 2022 with growth three times the average for all jobs and salaries over double earning the USA assessment of much better than average job growth. Check the tab for how to become an information security analyst including information systems auditor.
In Alberta, career prospects for security professionals shows above average demand during the next 3 years. Reports and projections can be found on the Alberta Learning Information Systems database at: http://www.alis.gov.ab.ca. In the US a government labour study also indicated much higher than average job growth from 2008 to 2018 for auditors with information systems audit as one component.
Many articles show strong growth in information systems audit and assurance. Many other provinces and countries show this strong demand. CSIS in the U.S. sees the shortage as a crisis. For example on the day of this search there were 4,779 jobs for the US government which list information security (on Feb 2, 2011). And this is just the US government. On the same day in Canada, workopolis.ca listed over 2,000 jobs using the same search. Or to put is in real perspective a recent US government study found that no information security professional polled said they were looking for employment, meaning a zero percent unemployment rate and that jobs surged 16% in one quarter alone.
Graduates from MISAM will work in many areas including internal audit, external audit, information systems assurance consulting and audit departments of various levels of government. Graduates may also work in risk management and governance. Since the passing of the Sarbanes-Oxley in the United States the growth of audit, governance and assurance work has grown steadily to meet both the new reporting requirements as well as ensuring enterprise value is maintained and increased.
Students from our current MISSM programs have found jobs and 20% are already in management positions with another 11% doing billable consulting services. The vast majority of the others are in systems analyst classifications (non-management level).