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With a degree in information systems, you will be able to navigate databases and other information systems, which are skills needed in almost every field. Whether you work in a consulting firm providing services for clients or within a company, you will be pivotal to the technological skill and advancement of the company.

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Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the underlying infrastructure of information systems and computer networks
  • Structure, collect, and analyze data to support business operations and strategic decision making 
  • Select, implement, and operate information technology solutions to meet organizational requirements 
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in the tools, techniques, processes, and success factors related to effective management of IT projects 
  • Report and strategically analyze data 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental technical characteristics of data communications and business networking including internet technologies
  • Demonstrate the ability to be a productive team member in a business systems development project requiring analysis and design, project management and implementation skills customized to the businesses architecture 

Popular Career Paths

Systems Management: Systems management is the administration of the information technology systems in an enterprise data center. An effective systems management plan facilitates the delivery of IT as a service and allows the organization's employees to respond to changing business requirements in an agile manner. 

Computer Support: IT technical support officers monitor and maintain the computer systems and networks of an organization. They may install and configure computer systems, diagnose hardware and software faults and solve technical and applications problems, either over the phone or in person.

Computer Systems Analysis: Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Database Management: Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure that data are available to users and are secure from unauthorized access.

Information Securities: Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases.


Jobs to Consider

Applications Developer

Database Administrator

Information Systems Manager

IT Consultant

IT Technical Support Officer

Multimedia Programmer

Network Engineer

Systems Analyst

Systems Developer

IT Sales Professional

SEO Specialist

 


Places to Seek Employment

Consulting Firms

Universities & Colleges

Companies (all sizes)

Government Agencies

Non-Profit Organizations

Religious Organizations

Hospitals

 

 

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Employment Strategies

  1. Get experience through an internship or other relevant part-time or summer work.
  2. Conduct informational discussions with individuals from industry. The Alumni Directories in the BCS provide a great place to start.
  3. Participate in a job shadowing experience through Jayhawks on the Job or a company visit through an End of Week Excursion. Both are programs coordinated through the BCS.
  4. Attend the ISAK Mixer, Consulting Career Conversations and Business Career Fair events each September to talk with hiring organizations and industry representatives from Information Systems.
  5. Join the Information Systems Association of KU (or ISAK) or other student organizations that provide a means to learn more about companies and career opportunities.
  6. Seek leadership opportunities on campus. Build and polish skills through active participation.
  7. Engage in personal networking to enhance employment prospects.
  8. Seek exposure to as many technologies as possible, even at a familiarization rather than proficiency level.
  9. Develop personal skills including: customer focus, problem solving, self-direction, team orientation, analysis, and research.

Job and Internship Search Resources

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