Information Systems as a Career

Information systems (IS) is concerned with the information that computer systems can provide to aid a company, non-profit or governmental organization in defining and achieving its goals. It is also concerned with the processes that an enterprise can implement and improve using information technology. IS professionals must understand both technical and organizational factors, and must be able to help an organization determine how information and technology-enabled business processes can provide a foundation for superior organizational performance. They serve as a bridge between the technical and management communities within an organization.

What information does the enterprise need? How is that information generated? Is it delivered to the people who need it? Is it presented to them in ways that permit them to use it readily? Is the organization structured to be able to use technology effectively? Are the business processes of the organization well designed? Do they use the opportunities created by information technology fully? Does the organization use the communication and collaboration capabilities of information technologies appropriately? Is the organization capable of adapting quickly enough to changing external circumstances? These are the important issues that businesses rely on IS people to address. (Information obtained from ACM.org)

Career Opportunities

So the question is what type of jobs can you get if you get a earn a Bachelor Degree in Information Systems? Below is a list of occupations obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site. It is important to note that not only do the occupations pay good wages, but the most encouraging fact is that these are all growing professions. To learn more about these occupations follow the links under the heading Careers in IS.

 

Information Systems Manager

Median Wages(2008): $53.95 hourly, $112,210 annual
Employment(2006): 264,000 employees
Projected growth (2006-2016): Faster than average (14% - 20%)
Projected need (2006-2016): 86,000 additional employees

 

Computer Systems Analysts

Median Wages(2008): $36.30 hourly, $75,500 annual
Employment(2006): 504,000 employees
Projected growth (2006-2016): Much faster than average (21% +)
Projected need (2006-2016): 280,000 additional employees

 

Database Administrator and Data Communication Analysts

Median Wages(2008): $33.53 hourly, $69,740 annual
Employment(2006): 119,000 employees
Projected growth (2006-2016): Much faster than average (21% +)
Projected need (2006-2016): 47,000 additional employees

 

Network and Computer Systems Administrator

Median Wages(2008): $31.88 hourly, $66,310 annual
Employment(2006): 309,000 employees
Projected growth (2006-2016): Much faster than average (21% +)
Projected need (2006-2016): 154,000 additional employees

 

Careers in IS

Click on one of the links below to learn more about each occupation:

Falcon Center

Careers in IS, CS, & IT

Learn about the difference in careers in the three departments of Information Systems, Computer Science, and Information Technology:

 

 

Contact Information

Dr. Richard Harvey, Dean
School of Business
Room 111A Jaynes Hall
Phone: 304.367.4395
FAX: 304.367.4613
E-Mail: schoolofbusiness@fairmontstate.edu