Careers in Information Systems
Our students are exposed to the latest technologies and programming languages, and complete traditional study in IS including networking, object-oriented and structured programming, data structures, management information systems, systems analysis and design, database systems, and others. IS majors also take the General Studies Curriculum and the Business Core — the combination of the technological skills, the general studies and the business core is what makes them so valuable to corporations today!
Graduates enjoy working in information systems in many different areas. Those who have completed an internship or have acquired certifications do extremely well. Most graduates start their careers as computer support specialists, network administrators, computer systems analysts, and programmers.
Computer Support Specialists
Computer support specialists provide technical assistance, support, and advice to customers and other users. This occupational group includes technical support specialists and help-desk technicians. These troubleshooters interpret problems and provide technical support for hardware, software, and systems. They answer telephone calls, analyze problems by using automated diagnostic programs, and resolve recurring difficulties. Support specialists may work either within a company that uses computer systems or directly for a computer hardware or software vendor.
Network Administrators and Computer Systems Administrators
Network administrators and computer systems administrators design, install, and support an organization's local-area network (LAN), wide-area network (WAN), network segment, Internet, or intranet system. They provide day-to-day onsite administrative support for software users in a variety of work environments, including professional offices, small businesses, government, and large corporations. They maintain network hardware and software, analyze problems, and monitor the network to ensure its availability to system users. These workers gather data to identify customer needs and then use the information to identify, interpret, and evaluate system and network requirements. Administrators also may plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures.
Computer Security Specialists
In some organizations, computer security specialists may plan, coordinate, and implement the organization's information security. These workers may be called upon to educate users about computer security, install security software, monitor the network for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks, and, in some cases, gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime. The responsibilities of computer security specialists has increased in recent years as there has been a large increase in the number of cyber attacks on data and networks. This and other growing specialty occupations reflect an increasing emphasis on client-server applications, the expansion of Internet and intranet applications, and the demand for more end-user support.