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Information & Decision Sciences

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Academic Information: - top

What is Information & Decision Sciences? - top

A combination of hardware, software, infrastructure and trained personnel organized to facilitate planning, control, coordination, and decision making in an organization.  Information systems is the study of networks and systems used to distribute information. Students of information systems generally acquire a thorough education in both computer technology and business.

Career Information - top

Possible/Typical Job Titles - top

  • 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
  • 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

Typical Places of Employment - top

  • 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

Required Skills and Abilities - top

  • 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
  • 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
  • Work independently and in teams
  • 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
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Designing Systems
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Marketing concepts
  • Research
  • Classifying / Systemizing
  • Efficiency
  • Systematic
  • Critical Thinking
  • JavaScript
  • Advanced Quantitative Abilities

Alumni Resources - top

(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

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - top

Professional Associations/Organizations:

Internet Society

Association for Women in Computing

Independent Computer Consultants Association

The System Administrators Guild

IEEE Computer Society

Computing Research Association


Progress Energy


Intelligent Information Systems (IIS)

Alcatel - Lucent Technologies



American Mathematical Society

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

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