IT Auditor

Career Area: Information Technology

Occupation Group: Network and Systems Engineering

Salary

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A typical IT Auditor earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $93,789

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $92,578

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Monitors IT systems to ensure they follow policies and practices. Must evaluate technology, manage staff, identify controls, and keep records.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina247+33.2%
Nationwide6379+28.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every IT Auditor is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • Written Communication: Working experience of Written Communication, which involves any type of message that makes use of the written word. Written communication is the most important and the most effective of any mode of business communication.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Internal Auditing: Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization's operations.
  • Information Systems: An information system (IS) is an organized system for the collection, organization, storage and communication of information.
  • Audit Planning: Audit planning is a vital area of the audit primarily conducted at the beginning of audit process to ensure that appropriate attention is devoted to important areas, potential problems are promptly identified, work is completed expeditiously and work is properly coordinated.
  • Information Security: Information security, sometimes shortened to InfoSec, is the practice of preventing unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, inspection, recording or destruction of information.
  • Accounting: Experience maintaining and verifying the business records of a person or business and preparing forms and reports for financial purposes.

Distinguishing Skills

Any IT Auditor that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Auditing Standards: Working experience with compliance and adherence to set standards of systematic and independent examinations of books, accounts statutory records, documents and vouchers of an organization to ascertain how far the financial statements as well as non-financial disclosures present a true and fair view of a concern.
  • IT Management: IT management is the discipline whereby all of the information technology resources of a firm are managed in accordance with its needs and priorities.
  • Audit Program Development: Working experience of Audit Program Development. An audit program, also called an audit plan, is an action plan that documents what procedures an auditor will follow to validate that an organization is in conformance with compliance regulations.
  • PCI DSS: Working experience of PCI DSS, which is a security standard that has requirements for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design and more.
  • NIST SP 800-53: Working experience of NIST SP 800-53. NIST Special Publication 800-53 provides a catalog of security controls for all U.S. federal information systems except those related to national security. It is published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce. NIST develops and issues standards, guidelines, and other publications to assist federal agencies in implementing the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) and to help with managing cost effective programs to protect their information and information systems.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years22%
3 to 5 years53%
6 to 8 years17%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • It Auditor
  • Senior It Auditor
  • It Audit Manager
  • It Service Delivery Manager
  • It Audit Consultant

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