Careers in Information Systems
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Careers in Information Systems
Information systems (IS) in the broadest sense is to understand how information technology can be utilized to support businesses and their processes. In a narrow sense it means to focus on different disciplines such as information security, databases, human-computer interaction and technology management.
Careers in Information Systems solve security issues and usability issues with technology as well as create databases. Studying information systems is very relevant to both society and to a student's future as every business uses technology and constantly strives to be more effective and efficient in applying technology in their business environment.
From developing 'back room' systems to implementing and administering the delivery mechanisms for information and technology, careers in information systems require individuals who ensure that the opportunities created by information technology are maximized by the organization, whether it be a corporation, government agency, non-profit organization or professional services firm (e.g., accounting or law office).
Whether you want to be a data manager, customer technology specialist or developer of the next new business intelligence system, a degree in information systems from Florida Tech prepares you for one of the exciting and rewarding careers in information systems.
Perhaps the most high profile careers in information systems is that of Computer and Information Systems Manager (also known as IT/IS project manager or IT/IS manager). These professionals are responsible for the development, implementation and administration of an organization's computer-related activities, for oversight of the IS/IT goals of the organization and, ultimately, for ensuring that those goals are met.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides detailed information about hundreds of occupations, entry-level education, overall working environment and employment prospects. According to the bureau, careers in information systems are projected to grow 18 percent through 2020, as companies continue to add personnel to attend to cyber threats and the government's requirements regarding electronic medical records.
Check the handbook on computer and information systems managers and similar jobs.
The scope of careers in information systems includes:
- Computer Hardware Engineer
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Information Security Analyst
- Network and Computer Systems Administrator
- Computer Programmer
- Database Administrator
- Web Developer
- Computer Network Architect
- Software Developer
- Management Consultant
- Operations Research Analyst
- Computer Support Specialist
Entry Level Salary Expectations
Entry-level careers in information systems (referred to as MIS) are reported by PayScale.com to be $50,000 with opportunity to grow to $86,700. Payscale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation. Similar career areas also have attractive entry-level salaries including:
Computer Science: $58,400 - $100,000
Information Technology: $48,900 - $81,700
Computer Information Systems: $49,000 - $84,800
Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on these and other careers in information systems.
Potential Employers for Florida Tech Graduates
Florida Tech graduates with a degree in information systems have been recruited by such employers as:
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Northrop Grumman
- Local, state and federal agencies
Of course, rather than pursuing one of the careers in information systems immediately upon graduation, many Florida Tech students choose to pursue an MBA or other graduate degree.