Information Systems Testing Technicians

(NOC 2283)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Information systems testing technicians carry out test plans to evaluate the performance of software applications and information and telecommunications systems. They work for information technology units throughout the private and public sectors.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 100 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 2585 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. However, competition for positions may be low due to few qualified jobseekers. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Information Systems Testing Technicians most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 62% of Information Systems Testing Technicians who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $67,963. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$9,087

Minimum

$58,774

Median

$87,548

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$37.80

Median

$48.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Information systems testing technicians carry out test plans to evaluate the performance of software applications and information and telecommunications systems. They work for information technology units throughout the private and public sectors.

Job duties

Information systems testing technicians:

  • Develop and document software testing plans.
  • Install software and hardware and configure operating system software to prepare for testing.
  • Run, analyze, and document results of software application tests and information and telecommunication systems tests.
  • Develop and implement software and information system testing policies, procedures, and scripts.

Sample job titles

  • application testing technician
  • software test coordinator
  • software testing technician
  • systems tester
  • systems testing technician
  • test coordination analyst
  • user acceptance tester

Skills

Computer and network operators and web technicians require an ability to work methodically and pay close attention to detail. You will also require an interest in learning to keep your skills current, the ability to troubleshoot and solve problems.

Job requirements

  • A college program in computer science, computer programming or network administration is usually required.
  • College or other courses in computer programming or network administration are usually required.
  • Certification or training provided by software vendors may be required by some employers.

Other considerations

Movement to computer programming, interactive media development, Web development, or systems analysis is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

185

employed in 2016

89.2%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

29.7%
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70.3%
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42.9

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

91.5%

employed full-time

7.6%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

78.9%

Halifax

7.9%

Cape Breton

7.9%

Annapolis Valley

5.3%

North Shore

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

59.5%

Professional, scientific and technical services

10.8%

Manufacturing

8.1%

Information and cultural industries

5.4%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

5.4%

Wholesale trade

What is the age of Employment?

31.0%

25-34

28.0%

45-54

15.0%

35-44

13.0%

55-64

8.0%

15-24

5.0%

65+

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

24.2%

25-34

23.5%

45-54

23.4%

35-44

16.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

43.2%

Bachelor

$50,564 median annual income
27.0%

College Diploma

$69,588 median annual income
16.2%

High school

N/A
5.4%

Less than high school

N/A
5.4%

Diploma Above Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.1%

College Diploma

$59,986 median annual income
29.8%

Bachelor

$63,965 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
9.9%

Master

$65,105 median annual income
6.9%

Apprenticeship

$57,773 median annual income

Education & training

Computer Programming

College or Trades Program

These programs focus on writing and implementing generic and customized programs to drive operating systems and that prepares students to apply the methods and procedures of software design and programming to software installation and maintenance. They include courses in software design, low- and high-level languages and program writing, program customization and linking, prototype testing, troubleshooting, and related aspects of operating systems and networks.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

Middleton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Information Technology

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on the design of technological information systems, including computing systems, as solutions to business and research data and communications support needs. They include courses in the principles of computer hardware and software components, algorithms, databases, telecommunications, user tactics, application testing, and human interface design.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

Yarmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

System Administration

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to manage the computer operations and control the system configurations emanating from a specific site or network hub. They include courses in computer hardware and software and applications, local area (LAN) and wide area (WAN) networking, principles of information systems security, disk space and traffic load monitoring, data backup, resource allocation, and setup and takedown procedures.

Institutions providing this program

Eastern College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Centre for Distance Education

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

Middleton, NS

System, Networking and LAN/WAN Management

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to oversee and regulate the computer system and performance requirements of an entire organization or network of satellite users. They include courses in performance balancing, redundancy, local area (LAN) and wide area (WAN) network management, system migration and upgrading, outage control, problem diagnosis and troubleshooting, and system maintenance budgeting and management.

Institutions providing this program

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

Truro, NS

Web Page, Digital/Multimedia, and Information Resources Design

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs apply HTML, XML, Javascript, graphics applications, and other authoring tools to the design, editing, and publishing (launching) of documents, images, graphics, sound, and multimedia products on the World Wide Web. They include courses in Internet theory, web page standards and policies, elements of web page design, user interfaces, vector tools, special effects, interactive and multimedia components, search engines, navigation, morphing, e-commerce tools, and emerging web technologies.

Institutions providing this program

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

Truro, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Information and Communications Technology Council
Ottawa, ON
Digital Nova Scotia
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

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