Information Systems Management
Technology is an indispensable part of everyday life. It has created jobs of every type: engineering, sales and marketing, communications, design, writing, maintenance — you name it. The industry behind all the innovation is booming like no other, and all estimates say it will continue to grow and prosper long into your career.
Information technology is an increasingly important aspect of the business environment and demands computer systems analysts for computer networking, Internet, and intranet functions. Wireless Internet (WiFi) and personal mobile computers has created a need for new systems that can integrate these technologies into existing networks.
Analysts who are knowledgeable about systems development and integration are in demand as are Information Security Specialists who work with sensitive and electronically stored data. In the healthcare industry, the adoption of e-prescribing, electronic health records, and other IT platforms are creating a large number of new jobs.
- Systems Integration
- Database Administration
- Business Application Development
- Executive Administration
Strategies: Develop excellent interpersonal skills for effective communication with technical and non-technical colleagues. Gain programming experience and knowledge for increased opportunities. Become an effective problem solver. Plan to continually educate yourself on new computer languages and technology. Obtain business experience through internships or part-time employment. Supplement your program with courses in accounting, human resources, and procurement.
- Intranet Development
- Intranet Administration
- Hardware and Software Design
Strategies: Gain work experience in university computer labs. Develop communication skills and interest in helping others. Gain knowledge in a variety of computer areas including minor programming, software, and hardware. Plan to stay abreast of latest technology and software. Obtain applicable certifications such as Cisco or Microsoft. Develop relationships with small business owners for part-time or freelance network consulting opportunities. Supplement program with courses in computer science.
- Software Design
- Systems Analysis
- Hardware Production
- Web Site Design
- Web Site Administration
Strategies: Gain experience in web development or maintenance through part-time jobs or internships. Volunteer to design web sites for student organizations or community groups. Learn web-related programming languages. Develop a flare for creativity. Learn to work effectively in a team by participating in group projects or student organizations. Earn a graduate degree in technology or business for advanced opportunities in analysis, project management, and executive operations.
- Customer Service
- Product Support
- Technical Writing
Strategies: Develop excellent verbal and written communication skills. Display interest and ability in customer problem solving. Work in university computer labs. Take technical writing courses to develop skills. Obtain general sales or customer service experience.
Education and Training
Strategies: Earn a graduate degree for post-secondary teaching opportunities. Develop a research specialty. Gain experience working with students through tutoring or assisting in computer labs. Obtain advanced certifications for training opportunities.
Strategies: Develop exceptional analytical and interpersonal skills for communicating with clients. Obtain a strong technical knowledge of computers, a background in business management, and experience in systems analysis. Become familiar with various programming languages and operating systems. Earn applicable certifications. Demonstrate ability to self-motivate and work independently.