A master's degree in management information systems (MIS) can be useful in obtaining technical jobs such as an MIS director, systems analyst, or computer network architect. Learn more about these three career options, including their outlook and average salary.
Master's degree programs in management information systems focus on technology, management, team building and communication skills. People with this degree emerge prepared to direct information technology departments in organizations and coordinate with other upper-level management personnel. Career and salary information summaries follow for some of the jobs that might be possible with a master's degree in MIS.
|Career Titles||MIS Directors (Computer & Information Systems Managers)||Systems Analysts||Computer Network Architects|
|Education Requirements||Bachelor's or master's degree in management information systems, computer science or information science|| Bachelor's degree in management information systems, computer science or information science
MBA with a concentration in information systems
|Bachelor's degree in management information systems, engineering, computer science or information systems|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||15%||21%||9%|
|Median Annual Salary (May 2015)*||$131,600||$85,800||$100,240|
Source: *United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
A degree in management information systems might translate to various technical careers. These include but are not limited to MIS director, systems analyst and computer network architect.
Management Information Systems Director
Management information systems (MIS) directors oversee all technical aspects of an organization, including network security, software development, Internet and intranet operations. They often manage and direct the activities of other information technology personnel. Their responsibility is to ensure the continuity and security of all technological functions of the organization. They are also in charge of implementing new technology and maintaining standards of performance.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), computer and information systems managers were paid a median annual salary of $131,600 in May 2015. The largest mean salaries were earned in securities and commodity exchanges with $189,100 annually.
Systems analysts plan and design computer systems for companies. They often work with other information technology employees to implement computer structures. They are in charge of buying computers, software and other tools. They work as part of a team and often report to the management information systems director.
The BLS reported the median yearly salary for systems analysts as $85,800 in May 2015. Mining support activities paid the most for this position at a mean salary of $112,430. State government paid significantly lower wages, the average salary being $74,420.
Computer Network Architect
These are the professionals who design and set up large, complex computer systems, such as local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and other systems. They perform analysis, planning and network modeling and install wireless adaptors, routers and hubs. They also configure software and monitor network security issues.
According to the BLS, the median annual salary for a computer network architect was $100,240 in May 2015. Most of these professionals earned $56,230-$155,250 annually.
These three careers are by no means an exhaustive list of the job opportunities available to a professional with a master's degree in management information systems. However, they are three dynamic, interesting careers with good prospects in both positions and salaries.