Management Information Systems (MIS) professionals bridge the gap between business and technical minds. They use technology to create business value and help management make strategic decisions.
Professionals who work in the management of information systems work in a wide variety of functions. Considering just how technologically savvy, creative or customer-focused you are you may find yourself working in any of the following functions.
MIS professionals find work in a varied set of industries, from public to private and from large to small. In essence, any organization in any industry has technology needs. MIS is different from computer science in that computer science professionals tend to develop the technology used, while MIS professionals use these technology solutions to create business value. MIS professionals make organizations more efficient and effective by their use of systems, hardware, data, software and procedures.
On your way to the CIO (Chief Information Officer) or CTO (Chief Technology Office) position, you may have many roles and responsibilities. This field is more dynamic than most as the technology and client needs change exponentially faster. Some entry level roles include:
Statistics show there is a shortage of trained candidates for technical positions in the U.S. Job growth in IT careers is on the rise, especially in healthcare and big data predictive analytics. The top 10 Fastest growing jobs in the US according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012-2013, the Computerworld IT Forecast 2012 Survey and the Occupational Outlook Handbook Salary Data 2012 include:
Salaries vary by level, type of job, candidate's background, and geographic region. New graduates from UB have ranged from mid $40K's to low $100K's. The above salaries do not depict starting salaries, but average salaries of professionals working in that field. For more information, go to the U.S. Bureau of Labor.
Big data is not to be ignored. The volume of data being produced, saved and mined is mind-boggling. Today, companies use data collection and analysis to create more logical business plans. This trend will only continue in all industries. Explore these worthwhile articles about the field and careers within:
In addition to the technical skill required, employers will ask for a variety of business skills from applicants, depending on the type of work. These soft skills help MIS professionals implement and administer systems, processes and solutions. In many of the roles you see advertised in MIS, the following skills and traits tend to be requested:
Some employers request and encourage certification in your specific field to stay current in the newest technologies. This shows the ability to adapt, quickly learn and take the initiative. Fore more information, refer to top 25 IT certifications [PDF] being asked for recently.
To learn more about the Management Information Systems(MIS) areas and courses included within the concentration or program, please refer to the academic curriculum.