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Academic Information: - 

What is Information Systems? 

  • Information systems (IS) is a cross-disciplinary blend of technical and business knowledge that prepares graduates to solve business problems using technology.
  • Someone in the IS field will commonly “study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures, and design information systems to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively.  They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.” (Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014-2015 Edition)

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Career Information

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Possible/Typical Job Titles

  • Applications Development Manager
  • CIO: Chief Information Officer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Scientist
  • Computer Support Analyst
  • Computer Training Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Data Base Engineer
  • Data Base Manager/Administrator
  • Data Communications Manager
  • Data Processing Manager/Supervisor
  • Data Security Manager
  • Decision/Management Scientist
  • EDP Director
  • Information Center Analyst
  • Accountant     
  • Numerical Analyst     
  • Hydrologist
  • Contract Admin.     
  • Systems Engineer     
  • Rate Analyst
  • Information Scientist     
  • Compensation/Benefits Admin   
  •  Weight Analyst
  • Research Analyst     
  • Engineer     
  • Systems Analyst
  • Actuary     
  • Operations Research Analyst     
  • Commodity Manager
  • Cost Estimator/Analyst     
  • Systems Programmer     
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Inventory Control Specialist     
  • Computer Consultant     
  • Statistician
  • Risk & Insurance Specialist     
  • Engineering Lab Technician    
  • Information Manager/Scientist/Officer
  • Internet Recruiter
  • Knowledge Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • MIS Director/Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • Operations Analyst
  • Operations Manager
  • Operations Researcher
  • Records and Information
  • Analyst/Admin./Manager
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Manager
  • Systems Supervisor
  •  Value Engineer
  • Data Control Admin     
  • Technical Support Rep.   
  •  Consumer Loan/Credit Officer
  • ISO 2000 Specialist     
  • Computer Facilities Manager     
  • Investment Manager
  • Robotics Programmer     
  • Estate Planner     
  • Economist
  • Applications Programmer     
  • Production Manager     
  • Mortgage Researcher
  • Data Processing Mgr     
  • Technical Writer     
  • Purchasing/Contract Agent
  • Market Research Analyst     
  • Computer Installation & Test Specialist   
  •   Urban Planner
  • Satellite Communications Specialist   
  •  External Auditor     
  • Computer-Aided Design Tech
  • Applied Science Technologist     
  • Astronomer

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Typical Places of Employment

  • Computer sales and service
  • Web development companies
  • Banking and insurance firms
  • Utilities
  • Government agencies
  • Software manufacturers
  • Consulting
  • Educational institutions
  • Wholesale and retail firms
  • Telecommunications
  • Data processing service firms
  • Healthcare
  • Business and industry, both public and private

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Required Skills and Abilities

  • Evaluate the use of technology in the organization
  • Recommend improvements in technology
  • Manage backup and security systems in the organization
  • Research and resolve user-related problems
  • Manage user services such as Help Desk and training
  • Stay abreast of advances in technology
  • Work independently and in teams  
  • Advanced Quantitative Abilities
  • Statistical Analysis   
  • Designing Systems
  • Written and oral communication skills     
  • Marketing concepts
  • Research     
  • Classifying / Systemizing
  • Efficiency     
  • Systematic
  • Critical Thinking     
  • JavaScript
  • Develop and execute test plans including systems test and unit tests
  • Plan for and install hardware and software
  • Add and delete files to network server
  • Set up user accounts and access
  • Gather and analyze information about systems currently in use
  • Plan and prepare instructions, technical reports, charts, and diagrams
  • Confer with people, attend meetings, make presentations, and write proposals
  • Abstract and Formal Reasoning  
  • Programming Language Concepts
  • Knowledge of Operating Systems     
  • Multi-tasking
  • Testing     
  • Analyzing
  • Mathematical Skills     
  • Problem-solving
  • Organizing / Simplifying     
  • Logical Thinking
  • Detail-oriented   
  •  Thoroughness

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Alumni Resources  - 

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)





Tina McCuen 2000 Total Resources Management Implementation Specialist
David Milligan 1999 Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care Webmaster
Julie Cross 2001 John Hopkins University Programmer/Analyst

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Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field -

Professional Associations:

Internet Society

The Association for Information Systems (AIS)

Association for Women in Computing

IEEE Computer Society

Computing Research Association

Progress Energy

The International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS)


Information System (IS)

Intelligent Information Systems (IIS)

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)




American Mathematical Society

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

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