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Complete an internship. Some bachelor's degree programs allow students to complete an internship. In addition to networking opportunities, these internships can help students learn more about the field.

Step 2: Gain Work Experience

IT auditors usually work in offices located in cities and business parks. They may be employed by government agencies, private and public businesses, consulting firms, and accounting agencies. Employers may prefer to hire IT auditors who have completed internships because they provide extensive training and experience in an actual work environment. Some employers may also choose to hire individuals with two to five years of relevant work experience. Individuals with specialized skills in auditing information systems or public accounting may have an advantage when it comes to certain auditing jobs.

Step 3: Obtain Certification

Employers typically require or prefer prospective IT auditors with professional certification, such as the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) credentials from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). The certification options from ISACA have varying requirements, but generally require a degree and related professional experience. Also, the Institute of Internal Auditors offers the Certified Internal Auditor credential, which requires a bachelor's degree and experience.

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Continue on the path to success and complete continuing education. As technology advances, it can be necessary to stay current with trends in the field. Continuing education can also help professionals keep their certification current, which may be required every few years.

IT auditors typically possess a bachelor's degree in computer information systems or information technology and strong communication and analytical skills, as well as two to five years work experience and voluntary professional certification such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), or Certified Internal Auditor.