Students in two-year ASCIS programs learn to operate spreadsheets and word processing software, create information databases and design computer programs. Students also take their general education courses. Prospective ASCIS students are required to hold at least a high school diploma or its equivalent and take a college entrance examination.
Associates of Science in Computer Information Systems
Graduates of these programs are prepared to perform many tasks in the field, like coordinating and maintaining data security systems, installing software, repairing computer hardware and conducting tests on network systems. In addition to taking courses in areas such as communication, mathematics and natural science, ASCIS students are required to take courses in computer information systems, such as:
- Computer systems design
- Business applications
- Data systems
- Computer literacy
Popular Career Options
Graduates of ASCIS programs may pursue a variety of entry-level information technology (IT) positions, including:
- Systems administrator
- Computer support technician
- Help desk technician
- Information technology specialist
- Telecommunications specialist
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to increase by 8% from 2014 to 2024 (www.bls.gov). Computer support specialists could see growth of 12% during the same decade. The median yearly salary of systems administrators, as estimated by the BLS in 2015, was $77,810. Support specialists earned a median salary of $48,620 per year.
ASCIS graduates planning on pursuing careers as software engineers, systems analysts, IT consultants and computer programmers may be required to acquire a bachelor's degree in a computer information-related field. In some cases, the credits earned while completing the ASCIS degree may be applied to the bachelor's degree in computer information systems. Optional certifications in the field are offered by numerous software firms, such as Microsoft and Cisco.
Completion of an ASCIS program can provide aspiring IT professionals the general education and basic computer skills they need for entry-level jobs in the field, or the academic foundation to transfer into bachelor's degree programs in similar subjects.