How to Become an Electronic Data Processing Auditor


If you want to become an electronic data processing auditor, you first need to determine if this career path is a good fit for you. If the following description sounds like you, then you’re probably well suited for it:


• You have a passion for information technology

• You have a post-secondary education in a field related to information technology

• You have experience in database administration, systems analysis or systems development

• You are able to work well independently

• You enjoy ensuring industry and company standards and regulations are adhered to


Below we've outlined what you'll need to begin a career as an electronic data processing auditor. We've also included helpful information for this career, such as job description, job duties, salary expectations, a list of possible employers and much more!



Education Needed

The educational requirements for becoming an electronic data processing auditor vary by employer, and may also depend on the experience and other qualifications of the applicant. Typically however, many employers tend to hire candidates with at least an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields:


• Computer science

• Computer systems engineering

• Information technology

• Information systems management

• Software engineering





General Job Description

Electronic data processing auditors are responsible for the evaluation of data processing systems and operating procedures. They must ensure that these policies and procedures are compliant with established corporate efficiency, accuracy and security standards.



Typical Duties of the Job

• Establish audit guidelines according to industrial and organizational standards

• Ensure effective and efficient implementation of auditing procedures

• Oversee audit scheduling, audit reporting cycles and audit reviews

• Determine resolutions for problems identified during audit procedures

• Identify and recommend process improvements and system changes



Who Employs Them?

Electronic data processing auditors are hired on a part-time, full-time or contractual basis by a variety of public and private organizations, as well as consulting firms. Types of organizations that employ electronic data processing auditors include:


• Internet service firms

• Data-processing firms

• Construction companies

• Utility companies

• Oil, gas and mining companies

• Hospitals and health care organizations

• Colleges and universities

• Federal, provincial/state and municipal government departments

• Transportation companies

• Telecommunications companies

• Insurance, finance and banking organizations

• Management consulting companies

• Manufacturing companies

• Retailers

• Information technology consulting firms





Skills Needed to Become an Electronic Data Processing Auditor

To be successful in a career as an electronic data processing auditor, you need to posses a certain set of hard skills and soft skills. These skills will help you perform your job duties with competence, and are in high demand with employers. As a result, you will see many of the skills listed below, or a variation of them, listed on job postings.


• Able to work well independently

• Strong analytical and problem solving skills

• Able to remain composed and work well during pressured situations

• Exceptionally accountable, reliable and responsible

• Proficiency with various systems analysis software and utility packages

• An understanding of the Software Development Life Cycle

• Knowledge of enterprise relational databases and tools, such as SQL

• General understanding of basic networking within a Windows environment

• An understanding of industry practices

• Experience in systems analysis or development

• Experience in database administration 



Open Job Postings

Our job board below has 'electronic data processing auditor' postings in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.




Electronic Data Processing Auditor Salary

The income level of electronic data processing auditors can vary depending on their level of education, their level of experience, the size and type of their employer, and many other factors. There is no reliable salary information available specifically for this profession. However, we can get a good idea of their income level by looking at the salary information of closely related careers.


Salary - Canada: According to the 2018 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans working in the Information Systems Analysts and Consultants occupational group earn an average salary of $87,074 per year. Unfortunately, no similar statistics were available from reliable sources for other Canadian provinces or territories at the time of writing (June 30, 2019).


Salary - United States: According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary level of American workers in the Computer Systems Analysts occupational group is $79,680 per year.



Similar Career Profiles in Our Database

Listed below are careers in our database that are similar in nature to 'electronic data processing auditor', as they may involve many of the same skills, competencies and responsibilities.


Business Analyst

Data Analyst

Data Processing Director

Database Administrator

Information Systems Consultant



References for This Career Guide

Please consult the references below to find more information on the various aspects of a career as an electronic data processing auditor.


Occupations in Alberta:Systems Auditor.” (March 31, 2018). ALIS website - Alberta Learning Information Service. Retrieved November 12, 2019.

Computer and Information Technology: “Computer Systems Analysts.” (September 4, 2019). Occupational Outlook Handbook - United States Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Retrieved November 12, 2019.

Job Profile:Systems Analyst.” AGCAS editors (June, 2018). Prospects website. Retrieved November 12, 2019.



Scholarships for Becoming an Electronic Data Processing Auditor

Scholarships listed for majors that apply to becoming an electronic data processing auditor can be found on our Computer Science Scholarships, Finance Scholarships and Accounting Scholarships pages.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Relevant Majors in Our System

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for working in this field. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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