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

Statisticians typically need a master’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or survey methodology. However, a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for some entry-level jobs. Research and academic jobs generally require a Ph.D.

For jobs with the federal government, candidates need at least a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or significant coursework in mathematics. In private industry, mathematicians typically need an advanced degree, either a master’s degree or a doctorate.

Job Outlook

Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of statisticians is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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

Academic program information adapted from:


Career information adapted from:


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

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