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Is information systems a good major?

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What is information systems?
What kinds of career are available with a major in information systems?
What is the salary for someone in information systems?
Are there lots of opportunities in the field of information systems? Is there growth?

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Urenwa "Winnie"’s Answer

Is information systems a good major?

This is an excellent major you learn the business side of how computers are used in business and the impact it has when it comes to specific business needs in the IT industries. Then you learn the computer science side that involves programming languages, hardware, and software for computers.

What is information systems?

Information systems use data stored in computer databases to provide needed information. A database is an organized collection of interrelated data reflecting a major aspect of a firm's activities. 1. Information systems capture data from the organization (internal data) and its environment (external data).
They are five components to Information Systems:

1)Computer hardware. This is the physical technology that works with information. ...
2)Computer software. The hardware needs to know what to do, and that is the role of software. ...
3)Telecommunications
4)Databases and data warehouses
5)Human resources and procedures

What kinds of careers are available with a major in information systems?

Computer Systems Analyst
Computer Programmer
Computer and Information Research Scientist
Software Developer
Information Security Analyst

What is the salary for someone in information systems?

On average, a salary for computer and technology careers can start at $86,320. This can vary by experience, state, and company.

The required skills for CSI jobs are the following:

Problem-solving abilities
Flexibility in a team environment
Change management
Project management
Ability to understand user requests and experience
Organizational skills
Knowledge of C++, Java, Visual Basic, and SQL


When in doubt google is their best friend in this industry. There will be times they may not have the answers to everything. Please get in the habit of researching, saving your bookmarks, notes, and reference their information.
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Nicole’s Answer

Information systems (IS) is such a great field to get into! So many companies are looking for candidates with IS skills as more companies move their processes to more automation and depend heavily on technical requirements.

I have a career in Human Resource Information Systems. I personally find working in technology really fun. It's challenging, I am always learning new skills and it's really rewarding.

To answer the questions addressed in the original post:

What is information systems?
Information Systems pretty much includes any sort of technical job. See the next question for specifics.

What kinds of career are available with a major in information systems?
Information systems has many sub fields - you can look at HR Information Systems, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Configuration Analyst, Technical Support Analyst, Security Analyst, Cyber Security, Web Developer, Network Engineer, the list goes on!

What is the salary for someone in information systems?
This varies depending on the position, as the positions available can range from entry level to highly skilled. However, there is potential to make a good amount of money in Information Systems.

Are there lots of opportunities in the field of information systems? Is there growth?
Yes! So many opportunities. Great growth.
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Kim’s Answer

Alexandra, great question. Technology is dominating the world. In the working world we rely heavily on it. This is why it is such a great field to consider. For example, my agency devotes an entire floor to employees or contractors in information systems. The agency would be lost and not in good compliance without it. Why? Because the operations in our office use specific systems that information systems and information technology perform. This field often works

on the back end of the systems we utilize in my agency and others. For these systems to work properly and work well for the user, it is important to have people in this workforce. These systems, Alexandra, if not working could have a negative effect on people who rely on it's purpose. This would imact the organization, individual or families. You will find any opportunities and jobs in this area. Much success to you! If you have more questions please ask.

Kim recommends the following next steps:

Research the field of information systems.
Learn what it takes to be successful in the field.
Learn what jobs & opportunities are in the field
Decide if this is what you want to do.
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Joanne’s Answer

Yes - every occupation from health care to a librarian requires folks with strong IT and computer skills.


My principle job is an IT or information systems person. I have been playing with computers for 25+ years. However, even in my volunteer time with the library, I have the skills to help folks out with using the computers, and with the local food bank, I have the skills to help out with some quality analysis checks of a new program they purchased.


It may benefit to specialize though - some fun, exciting fields are Security and BigData

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