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Computer Information Systems (CIS)

A degree in Computer Information Systems provides skills and competencies in CIS theory and concepts and their application to the functional areas of business; problem solving in business organizations; CIS development methodologies, techniques and technologies; digital computer hardware, systems software, application software, peripheral equipment, network components/installation and systems configurations; CIS ethics, the impact of information systems on society, organizations and individuals in both the domestic and international arenas.

Graduates can look forward to challenging careers in computer information systems or using their computer information systems knowledge within any other area of business. Specific career fields consist of systems analysis, design, development, programming, database management/administration, data communications, networks/network administration, electronic commerce, website development/administration and management of information systems.

Skills Related to Computer Information Systems

  • Ability to think logically, thoroughly, and concentrate intensely

  • Detail oriented, organized, work well under pressure

  • Math & science skills

  • Work well independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to analyze problems and make appropriate decisions

  • Ability to prepare technical reports

  • Ability to investigate data to solve a problem

  • Proficiency in precise analytical reasoning

  • Ability to master new computer languages and methodologies

  • Sensitive to multiple perspectives

  • Curiosity and enthusiasm

Potential Careers Related to Computer Information Systems

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Computer Information Systems major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Computer Information Systems majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Computer marketing specialist Applications Developer Computer and IS Manager
Data Warehousing Specialist Computer Programmer Computer Aided-Designer
Computer Systems Software Developer Computer Research Scientists Information Security Specialist
Computer Support Specialist Cost Engineer Computer Systems Analyst
Database Architect Database Administrator  Systems Developer
Network Administrator Information Technology Project Manager Technical Salesperson
Market Researcher Mathematician Network Architects
Operations Research Analyst  Software Developers  Hardware Engineers
Statistician Surveyor  Technical Director
Technical Writer Web Developer  

Employers in Computer Information Systems

  • Advertising Companies
  • Airlines
  • Banking Firms
  • Broadcasting Companies
  • Census Bureau
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Communication Companies
  • Computer Companies
  • Consulting Companies
  • Engineering Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Private Industries
  • Professional/Technical Journals
  • Research Firms
  • Software Developers
  • State/Local Grant Agencies
  • Test-Development Companies
  • Transportation Companies
  • Weather Bureaus
  • Web Development Companies

Professional Organizations in This Field 

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The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple web documents.

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