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Management Information Systems: What Can I Do With This Degree?

Systems Development

  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Support
  • Systems integration
  • Database administration
  • Business application development
  • Executive administration

Employers

Most areas of business and government:
  • Financial institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Manufacturers
  • Computer companies
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Retailers
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Entertainment companies
  • Educational institutions
  • City, state, and federal government

Information & Strategies

  • Develop excellent interpersonal skills for effective communication with technical and non-technical colleagues.
  • Gain programming experience and knowledge for increased opportunities.
  • Become an effective problem solver.
  • Plan to continually educate yourself on new computer languages and technology.
  • Obtain business experience through internships or part-time employment.
  • Supplement program with courses in accounting, human resources, and procurement.

Network Technology

  • Intranet development
  • Intranet administration
  • Hardware and software design
  • Support

Employers

Most areas of business and government:
  • Financial institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Computer companies
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Retailers
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Entertainment companies
  • Educational institutions
  • City, state, and federal government

Information & Strategies

  • Gain work experience in university computer labs.
  • Develop communication skills and interest in helping others.
  • Gain knowledge in a variety of computer areas including minor programming, software, and hardware.
  • Plan to stay abreast of latest technology and software.
  • Obtain applicable certifications such as Cisco or Microsoft.
  • Develop relationships with small business owners for part-time or freelance network consulting opportunities.
  • Supplement program with courses in computer science.

Internet

  • Programming
  • Software design
  • Systems analysis
  • Hardware production
  • Website design
  • Website administration

Employers

  • Network access points
  • Internet service providers
  • Hardware and software vendors
  • Internet-related companies including browsers, search engines, website design services
  • Organizations with complex, self-managed websites

Information & Strategies

  • Gain experience in web development or maintenance through part-time jobs or internships.
  • Volunteer to design websites for student organizations or community groups.
  • Learn web-related programming languages.
  • Develop a flare for creativity.
  • Learn to work effectively in a team by participating in group projects or student organizations.
  • Earn a graduate degree in technology or business for advanced opportunities in analysis, project management, and executive operations.

Non-Technical

  • Customer service
  • Product support
  • Training
  • Technical writing
  • Sales
  • Marketing

Employers

  • Software developers
  • Technical service providers

Information & Strategies

  • Develop excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Display interest and ability in customer problem solving.
  • Work in university computer labs.
  • Take technical writing courses to develop skills.
  • Obtain general sales or customer service experience.

Education/Training

    Employers

    • Proprietary (for profit) schools
    • Community colleges
    • Universities
    • Corporations
    • Nonprofit organizations

    Information & Strategies

    • Earn a graduate degree for post-secondary teaching opportunities.
    • Develop a research specialty.
    • Gain experience working with students through tutoring or assisting in computer labs.
    • Obtain advanced certifications for training opportunities.

    Consulting

      Employers

      • Consulting firms
      • Self-employed

      Information & Strategies

      • Develop exceptional analytical and interpersonal skills for communicating with clients.
      • Obtain a strong technical knowledge of computers, a background in business management, and experience in systems analysis.
      • Become familiar with various programming languages and operating systems.
      • Earn applicable certifications.
      • Demonstrate ability to self-motivate and work independently.

      General Information

      • Be aware that careers in computers and technology are constantly changing.
      • Be prepared to re-train and learn new information on a regular basis.
      • Certifications are often an important part of training for technical careers. Obtain the certifications that are the most applicable to career goals and interests.
      • Gain as much diverse technical experience as possible. Seek positions in computer labs, retail computer/technology stores, or as technological support for any office or business.
      • Learn about technology in additional areas such as audio/visual or telecommunications. Become familiar with the integration and application of these areas to management information systems.
      • Develop physical stamina and strength. Many networking professionals are involved in hands-on, physical activity during network installation and maintenance.
      • Specialize in a specific area of business or industry such as medical office support or sound technology so as to become familiar with the applicable software and hardware.

      NOTE: A management information systems major is often closely related to other majors such as computer information systems, information
      systems, and information technology. While each may be slightly different from the others, all are focused on the application of technology in
      various environments. In contrast, computer science focuses on the theory of mathematical foundations required for the development of
      systems software such as operating systems and language translators.

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