Careers in Management Information Systems
The MIS program prepares students for careers involving the design, development, configuration, and management of IT-based information systems for business organizations. In addition to your technology focus, you will also develop the critical business acumen and soft skills needed for successful communication, leadership, business analysis, and project management.
MIS graduates frequently pursue careers in such areas as systems analysis, business analysis, data administration, information security, web design and development, management and IT consulting, and project management. Career opportunities in MIS are excellent; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that employment for MIS-oriented positions will grow by approximately 30% between 2008 and 2018 - much faster than the average for all occupations.
Because of the broad relevance of IT management skills in the contemporary business, there is high demand for MIS graduates in nearly every sector and industry. Industries that currently have particularly high demand for MIS skills include Information Technology, Banking and Financial Services, Healthcare, Government Services, and Management Consulting.
- Systems Analyst Systems analysts determine how to use information and communications technologies to support the information needs of an organization. They explore the needs of organizational members, design systems to address those needs, and guide systems development and implementation efforts.
- Business Analyst Business Analysts evaluate an organization's structures and business processes. They use their analyses to propose business process improvements, operational efficiencies, and systems enhancements.
- Management/Strategic Consultant Management consultants analyze business problems, synthesize inputs from diverse sources, and generate recommendations for solutions.
- Technical Consultant Similar to management Consultants, Technical Consultants generate proposed solutions to a business's challenges or opportunities based on a thorough analysis of the firm's needs. However, Technical Consultants are generally differentiated by their primary focus on information technical facets of a business and the proposed solutions.
- Application Developer/Programmer Application Developers/Programmers design software applications to support business processes. They require significant skill in one or more programming languages.
- Information Systems Developer Information Systems Developers work within business to address IT-oriented problems using both existing systems and new technologies to address users' information needs.
- Information Security/Policy Analyst Information Security/Policy Analysts plan, implement, and monitor information security measures for the protection of computer networks and organizational information. They are frequently responsible for crafting information security polices for an organization, as well as responding to security breaches and threats.
- Project Manager Project Managers coordinate the work of engineers, designers, and other stakeholders to see organizational project to a successful completion. They must oversee all facets of a project's budget, schedule, and scope, as well as project communications, risk management, and coordination of project members.
- Technical Writer Technical Writers render technical information into language that can be understood by a broader audience. They coordinate the development and dissemination of technical content for a variety of users.
- Data Warehouse Analyst Data Warehouse Analysts identify the business requirements for a data warehouse (i.e., an integrated data repository for historical analysis of an organization's data). They plan, design, and coordinate data warehouse development as well as the processes for extraction, transformation, and loading of data.
- Quality Assurance Analyst Quality Assurance Analysts are a specialized form of systems analysts who focus on the testing of information systems components. These individuals diagnose problems, design solutions, and evaluate whether or not requirements have been appropriately addressed.
- Program Manager Program Managers build upon the discipline of Project Management to oversee the execution of a complete portfolio of organizational projects. They require strong analytical and interpersonal management skills.
- Chief Information Officer Chief Information Officers (CIOs) oversee all uses of IT within an organization to ensure the strategic alignment of IT with business goals and objectives. Accordingly, they are responsible for the overall technological direction of their firms.
- Enterprise Architect Enterprise architects define the IT systems architecture (i.e., high-level blueprint for the hardware and software resources) of an organization, building upon the company's strategic objectives. They function as a bridge between IT professionals and the lines of business.
- Network Administrator Network Administrators oversee the information technology networks of an organization. This includes responsibility for both the hardware (physical components; e.g., servers, routers, cabling) and software (computer programs that manage the flow of data) elements of the network.
- IT Auditing IT Auditors manage the testing of internal information systems of an organization. They perform tests to uncover errors and perform operational audits for information systems recommendations.
- Solutions Architect Solutions Architects (also known as Applications Architects) are a class of IT architects who specialize in managing software applications being developed and the ways in which those applications will interact.
Here you will find information regarding outcome data collected by our Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services, as well as median salaries and co-op wages for every major at RIT. You can also view RIT's Careers and Employment Trends page, which includes both Job Outlook and a summary of career outcomes for each’s year graduating class from RIT.
See our featured MIS students who have gone on successful co-ops around the country, and learn about their stories and experiences.
For more information on MIS co-ops and job resources, please contact your Career Counselor in the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.