Many college-bound individuals have an interest in the technology field, but are uncertain of which specialty to major in. If you fall into this category, which many people do, you may not want to choose a highly specialized IT degree but rather a more general one. The benefit of earning a more versatile technology degree is that the sky is pretty much the limit for the jobs in the technology field you’re able to compete for. It doesn’t lock you into a specific field within IT which let’s face it, when you’re in college and still learning about the field, how often do you know the exact specialty you’d like to pursue? A few of the general degrees you may want to explore include computer information systems and computer science.
Computer information systems degrees focus on the “real-world” uses of a computer, language, tool, or development technique. Individuals who earn a degree in this field should be able to effectively use computers and computer applications to improve their organization’s processes. Computer science degrees, on the other hand, focus more on theory than application of computer skills.
Oftentimes a computer information systems degree is housed within a college’s Business School and includes learning skills and concepts such as: the systems development life cycle, important facets of programming, a variety of programming languages, and basic software development skills.
Types of Jobs for Computer Information Systems GraduatesThe types of jobs computer information systems and computer science graduates land can have a great deal of overlap. While the following jobs tend to lean more on the side of computer information systems, there are many more that fall more toward the computer science side that would also be a good fit for these graduates.
• Chief Information Officer
• IS/IT manager
• Database manager/administrator
• Management consultant
• Management analyst
• Operations research analyst
• Systems analyst
• Business application developer
• Application software support
• Office automation
• ERP administrator
• Business decision support specialist
• EDP auditing
• Internet/intranet manager
• Internet services
• Help desk
• Data warehousing/mining
• Computer support specialist
• Human computer interaction specialist
Day in the Life of a Computer Information Systems Professional
Below are examples of individuals who have careers and their experiences and viewpoints about the field.
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