What Is CIS

Computer Information Systems serves as the bridge that links business with technology.

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Why Major In Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) major develops the professional skills and capabilities that enable students to work in the computer and related information technologies (IT) fields. Most jobs require that the professional develop solutions to business problems using technology. CIS majors are trained to be analysts and business problem solvers. The focus of the major is to develop the technical and people skills that will enable students to excel in CIS roles in industry and government.

Diagram describing advantages of CIS degree

Traits Of A CIS Major

  • Analytical Skills
  • Ability to work in teams and with others
  • Oral and written communications
  • Logical thinking
  • Ability to learn technical subjects
  • Detail-oriented

Skills Acquired

  • The ability to analyze and problem solve
  • The ability to work with people
  • The ability to create solutions for business problems and business users
  • The ability to utilize computers and technologies
  • The ability to work in a creative environment

Demand And Salary

Information Systems is one of the top 10 fields in terms of demand and starting salaries for graduates according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the Huffington Post. The other top 10 are engineering and computer science which emphasize many of the same topics as IS.

Expected starting salary range for students majoring in CIS is anywhere from $48,000 - $65,000. Specific, current salaries for technology professionals can be found by reading the 2009-2010 salary survey. Furthermore, Computer and Information Systems Manager salaries are expected to increase 36% or more through the year 2012 according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

CIS Related Careers

The job outlook for students who major in Computer Information Systems is outstanding. There is a high demand for students with the skills necessary to pursue careers as: Systems Managers, Systems Architects, Systems Developers, Program Analysts, Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, Network Administrators, and Website Developers. Other potential careers include:

  • Security analyst
  • Business programmer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Software/systems developer
  • Webmaster or web developer
  • Network and database specialist
  • Computer and equipment salesperson
  • IS auditor
  • Wireless network administrator
  • Project Manager

After Graduation

IS majors enter the workforce with some of the highest salaries among U.S. graduates. Students find excellent job placement, often with offers before graduation. As a part of the college of business, our students learn all aspects of business including accounting, economics, marketing, management, & finance as well as their relationship with technology.