Information systems are the software used to store data. These programs are particularly important as digital documentation continues to replace paper files. Two career paths available to a candidate holding a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) are IT management and systems administration.
A master's degree program in information systems is often offered through a university's business college. Courses of study include economics for information systems managers, e-business technologies and global information systems.
|Career Titles||IT Managers||Systems Administrators|
|Education Requirements||A bachelor's degree or higher in computer or information science||A bachelor's degree or higher in computer or information science|
|Median Annual Salary (May 2018)*||$142.530||$82,050|
|Projected Job Growth 2018-2028)*||11%||5%|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Graduates of a master's-level information systems degree program can seek out numerous career opportunities. Possible job options may include IT managers and systems administrators.
Individuals seeking a position as an IT manager need to possess strong communication and leadership skills in addition to computer systems knowledge; job duties usually involve supervising other IT department staff, including computer support personnel, systems analysts and software engineers.
Systems administrators are responsible for installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting a firm or organization's computer systems. They may also be involved in keeping the network secure.
According to BLS's 2018 listed percentiles for these positions, annual salaries for individuals holding a MSIS ranged from approximately $50,990 (lowest 10% for network and computer systems administrators) to more than $130,720 (highest 25% for computer and information systems managers), depending on the amount of experience held by the individual. Salary levels vary regionally; employees in different industries may also expect higher or lower salaries depending on the industry.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, among the industries with the highest levels of employment of information systems managers and network or computer systems administrators in 2018 was computer systems design. Also per BLS, top-paying industries for the occupations in the same year included those dealing with securities and commodities.
BLS expects job prospects to be good for both IT managers and systems administrators. Keeping up to date in the latest technology is imperative for these positions as new technologies become available.