Computer systems and the information therein are now as much a part of business as sunshine is to summer. The field of information management is wide open and growing for individuals who hold at least an applicable bachelor's degree. There are a number of different, yet interrelated, options for properly trained and motivated individuals.
Management information systems degree programs combine business theory and technology instruction to prepare students for careers using computer systems to solve business problems. These programs typically lead to bachelor's or master's degrees and include coursework in subjects like website and database development, programming, project management and entrepreneurial planning. Some common careers for graduates in this field are system analyst, information systems manager and database administrator.
|Career Titles||Information Systems Manager||Database Administrator||Computer System Analyst|
|Education Requirements||Bachelor's degree||Bachelor's degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||15%||11%||21%|
|Median Salary (2015)*||$131,600||$81,710||$85,800|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Management information systems students learn to use computer technology, management and problem-solving strategies to help make or improve managerial decisions. Below are overviews of three career options for a degree in management information systems.
Information Systems Manager
Information systems managers oversee the development, maintenance and functioning organizations' computer technology systems. These systems include networks, databases, hardware and software. Information systems managers often supervise other IT department employees, and many specialize in computer systems management or project management. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for this position was $131,600 in May 2015, and employment is expected to grow at an approximately average rate of 15% from 2014 to 2024.
Database administrators manage organizations' data storage systems. They use their knowledge of database systems to identify storage needs, upgrade outdated systems and troubleshoot issues. They also work with network architects and other technology specialists to ensure that their organizations have data security and support. The BLS expects an 11% growth in database administrator positions between 2014 and 2024. The median salary for these professionals as of May 2015 was $81,710 per year.
Computer Systems Analyst
Computer systems analysts assist organizations in developing or upgrading their computer systems for specific purposes, such as accounting or engineering functions. They use various forms of data modeling and analysis to design efficient plans and help management with technology-related decision making. Job opportunities for computer systems analysts are expected to grow 21% from 2014-2024, according to the BLS. These professionals earned a median annual salary of $85,800 in May 2015, as per BLS data.
The good news about the occupations of computer systems analyst, information systems manager and database administrator is that employment opportunities for the first one is projected to increase at a faster rate and for the second two at a much faster than the national average rate for all occupations. A bachelor's degree is generally the minimum requirement to get started. Appropriate experience and system familiarity can help you get hired, as well as standing you in good stead for advancement possibilities.