Career spotlight: Information systems

September 19, 2011 – Students who major in information systems will qualify for jobs that focus on the design, implementation, and maintenance of computer systems.

Since computer technology is a fundamental part of every business, there plenty of jobs available. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report that jobs in information systems, and the computer field in general, have the greatest potential for job growth through 2014. They also report that the median salary for those starting a career in information systems is approximately $50,000.

Computer Programmer
Computer programmers write instructions that precisely tell computer systems what actions to take. These instructions are written in a variety of computer languages, such as HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) for creating Web documents, and COBOL (COmmon Business Oriented Language) or Java for business applications. Computer programmers work in manufacturing, engineering, federal and state governments, industry, hospitals and universities.

Information Systems Manager
Information systems managers ensure that their department has the necessary technology equipment and staff to complete a company’s computer and technical projects. Managers must have specific knowledge of the company’s computer systems, be able to communicate with all other department heads in non-technical language, and keep up with all the ever-changing developments in computer technology. These positions are demand because information technology is becoming more and more important to businesses.

Computer Analyst
Computer analysts specialize in helping an organization select the right system hardware and software to meet the company’s goals. Once a system is selected, they oversee the implementation of the hardware and software components, and run tests, diagnose problems and recommend and develop solutions to any problems. In some cases they may also create custom applications for unique business situations, specifically tailored to the needs of the company.

Database Administrator (DBA)
Database administrators install and maintain a company’s computer hardware, and gather and analyze requirements for database systems. Since computers generate large amounts of data, administrators also support a company’s existing database, ensuring the security and integrity of their data. Data integrity, backup, and security are critical parts of the job.

Systems Development Manager
A job as a systems development manager entails working with the design and implementation of a company’s computer system. They work with other IT personnel to maintain the efficiency of corporate applications and operating systems, and resolve any technical problems that may occur. In many companies managers also monitor and recommend changes to improve the reliability and performance of software systems.

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