There are a number of careers that come under the heading of information systems management, employment opportunities for which are expected to grow over the next several years. Though a bachelor's degree in an appropriate area may qualify you for a position, a master's degree can be of help in getting hired and getting promoted.
Information systems management degree programs train students in the essentials of business administration, computers and the use of information technology to meet an organization's needs. Information systems managers oversee other IT professionals who perform related duties, including computer programmers and computer support specialists. Related degrees that aspiring professionals might earn include bachelor's degrees in information science or computer science.
|Career Titles||Computer & Information Systems Managers||Network & Computer Systems Administrators||Computer Systems Analysts|
|Education Requirements||Bachelor's or master's degree||Bachelor's degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||15%||8%||21%|
|Median Annual Salary (2015)*||$131,600||$77,810||$85,800|
Source: *United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career opportunities for information systems management professionals might exist in such fields as management information systems (MIS), network management or computer systems analysis. Graduates might go on to become management information systems directors, network managers, computer systems analysts, and network and computer systems administrators.
Computer & Information Systems Managers
Computer and information systems managers are in charge of overseeing and safeguarding the computerized activities of a company. They assess the goals and needs of a business and implement computer systems and upgrades. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that computer and information systems managers would see employment growth of 15% between 2014 and 2024.
The increase in technology and a desire to remain competitive in the workplace requires more workers, contributing to the projected growth. Employment for these professionals will also grow as the number of workers they oversee continues to increase. According to the BLS, computer and information systems managers earned an annual median wage of $131,600 as of May 2015. Wages will vary by level of experience, location and specialty.
Network & Computer Systems Administrators
In addition to installing computer hardware and software, network and computer systems administrators manage servers and ensure network system security. They may also oversee telecommunications networks. The median annual salary as of May 2015 was approximately $77,810. An employment growth rate of 8% was predicted for the 2014-2024 decade.
Computer Systems Analysts
A computer systems analyst looks at the existing computer networks of an organization and designs more efficient operating systems. They direct the installation of and conduct tests on the new systems. Computer systems analysts may also perform programming duties. Median annual salaries for these professionals were about $85,800 as of May 2015. Jobs were expected to expand by 21% during the decade spanning 2014 through 2024.
Educational Requirements for a Career in Information Systems Management
A career in information systems managements typically requires the completion of a bachelor's degree program in a computer-related field, although some employers may require a master's degree. Common majors for this degree program include management information systems, computer science or information science. An MBA (Master of Business Administration) with a major in technology is also an option for this career.
Students in information systems management programs generally take courses in subjects such as economic analysis, IT business leadership, data management, networking concepts, object-oriented programming, network security and project management. In addition to courses and hands-on computer training, students may participate in internships and field trips to help students apply their skills in real-world situations.
Since employment opportunities are projected to increase at least as fast as--and some cases faster than--the average national for all occupations, it looks like a career in information systems management is a safe bet. Though you'll need at least a bachelor's degree in a field such as computer science, information science or management information systems, an MBA with a technology emphasis can only enhance your marketability. In addition to where you live, appropriate work experience and your specific specialty can have some effect on your salary.