Degree Spotlight: Bachelor Of Science In Information Systems

July 29, 2013

| Strayer University

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The more information you have about a degree program, the better you can understand whether or not it’s for you. Today, we’re putting the bachelor’s of information systems in the spotlight. The IT skills you gain from Strayer’s program are in high demand right now, and IS grads have a great employment and earnings outlook. Let’s examine this degree (and the jobs you can land with one) in a little more detail:

Jobs and Demand for this Degree

Job market demand for information systems undergraduates is steady, and demand for the careers linked to IS degrees looks strong for the foreseeable future. What you really want to look for in job demand is which in-demand skills an IS degree can help you develop:

  • Project Management: Software development teams need effective managers who know how to program, but they also need someone who understands the development process, frontwards and backwards, and can help develop everything from enterprise applications to mobile apps.
  • Programming and Application Development: Companies are pushing forward with software products that were put on hold during the recession, and they need programmers who also understand how to interface with stakeholders from different departments in their company.
  • Help Desk and Technical Support: Tech support workers are essential to helping corporations make use of their technology, and IT managers especially need to know how to build the systems they rely on.
  • IT Security: High-profile security breaches at the world’s biggest companies have made it clear that security is a weak-point in business operations that requires skill and knowledge to address. Financial institutions especially will be looking for business and accounting professionals with IT security skills.
  • Business Intelligence and Analysis: Businesses are harnessing huge amounts of data that they need to make business decisions, and IS grads combine the business knowledge and technical expertise that make them the ideal candidates for analyst positions.
  • Cloud/SaaS: Companies are looking to build cloud-based applications and services that work efficiently, and do it on a budget.
  • Virtualization: Understanding the storage and clusters behind a virtual server is a logical exercise that very few skilled professionals have, and a breadth of experience on the subject is sure to impress.
  • Networking: This skill is consistently one of the most desired by employers, and networking professionals with experience are in high demand.
  • Data Center Management: Employers consistently rank server management as one of their highly sought after skills. And with so much of our technology moving into the cloud, it’s unlikely to go away any time soon.

Salary Prospects for Information Systems Grads

I always drool a little bit when I look at the salaries that really smart, highly educated people are making. I love my job, but marketing professionals are not as in-demand as the technically skilled people who work in information technology. Information systems graduates have great earning potential:

·       Sr. Software Engineer/Developer ($60,000 – $100,000)

·       Information Technology Manager ($48,000 – $109,000)

·       Software Engineer ($46,000 – $95,000)

·       Software Developer ($40,000 – $84,000)

·       Information Technology Director ($47,000 – $129,000)

·       Systems Administrator ($35,000 – $78,000)

·       Programmer Analyst ($40,000 – $75,000)

The Future

I’ve already noted that the skills that an information systems degree provides are in high demand, and that’s not likely to change in the near future. A BS isn’t the end for many IT careers either. After finishing your bachelor’s you may want to get a master’s in IS, which Forbes called one of the top 10 best degrees for jobs and earnings.

All in all, this degree is a smart move for anyone looking to get into the tech industry. It’s right up there with a raw computer science or engineering degree for earnings potential and career development, especially when combined with valuable business experience in a technical field.


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