Information Systems graduates usually will start out as a computer programmer writing code to create software programs. They implement the program designs created by software engineers into software programs that the computer can execute. Like computer scientists, they also can choose what area they like to work in, but in most cases it will be in the non-scientific areas. Information systems professionals can be found designing web sites and maintaining web servers, creating and maintaining databases, and writing applications to process financial data for banks. Information systems graduates can also choose to pursue an advanced graduate degree. With experience and an advanced degree, information systems professionals will have the opportunity to work as IT managers. They will then plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. People working in a computer related occupation usually report working in an environment that is clean and welcoming, having a flexible work schedule, and enjoying a very good quality of life, besides getting a higher-than-average starting pay. The job outlook is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for computer and information systems managers will increase as firms continue to expand their use of wireless and mobile networks. 

Educational Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in information systems is sufficient for entry-level computer programmer and systems analyst jobs. Although not necessary, a Master's degree in either information systems or business administration is helpful for promotion to an IT manager position.

Job Outlook

Employment of software developers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The main reason for the rapid growth is a large increase in the demand for computer software.

A new graduate of information systems can get a starting average annual salary of $65,000. This is one of the highest entry-level pay for a graduate with only a bachelor's degree!

Entering Salary

The 2012 median annual wages for sample jobs for computer science graduates are as follows:

Computer support specialist$48,900
Web developer$62,500
Computer programmer$74,280
Computer systems analyst$79,680
Information security analyst$86,170
Computer Network architects$91,000
Software engineer$93,350
Computer and information research scientists$102,190

The 2012 median annual wages for sample jobs for information systems graduates are as follows:

Computer support specialists$48,900
Web developer$62,500
Computer programmer$74,280
Database administrators$77,080
Computer systems analyst$79,680
Software engineer$93,350
IT manager$120,950

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from

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