Management Information Systems (MIS) professionals bridge the gap between business and technical minds. They use technology to create business value and help management make strategic decisions.
Professionals who work in the management of information systems work in a wide variety of functions. Considering just how technologically savvy, creative or customer-focused you are, you may find yourself working in any of the following functions:
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MIS professionals find work in a varied set of industries, from public to private and from large to small. In essence, any organization in any industry has technology needs. MIS is different from computer science in that computer science professionals tend to develop the technology used, while MIS professionals use these technology solutions to create business value. MIS professionals make organizations more efficient and effective by their use of systems, hardware, data, software and procedures.
On your way to the CIO (Chief Information Officer) or CTO (Chief Technology Office) position, you may have many roles and responsibilities. This field is more dynamic than most as the technology and client needs change exponentially faster. Some entry level roles include:
In addition to the technical skill required, employers will ask for a variety of business skills from applicants, depending on the type of work. These soft skills help MIS professionals implement and administer systems, processes and solutions. In many of the roles you see advertised in MIS, the following skills and traits tend to be requested:
Statistics show there is a shortage of trained candidates for technical positions in the U.S. Job growth in IT careers is on the rise, especially in cloud computing, information security, health care IT and big data predictive analytics. Typical job titles for students who graduate with a concentration in Management Information Systems include:
Average salaries upon graduation range from upper $40,000’s to mid $100,000’s depending on geographic location, level of education, technical expertise and specific role. For more information, go to the U.S. Bureau of Labor.
Big data is not to be ignored. The volume of data being produced, saved and mined is mind-boggling. Today, companies use data collection and analysis to create more logical business plans. This trend will only continue in all industries. Explore these worthwhile articles about the field and careers within:
Learn more about working in IT from our alumni and partners such as Zoheb Chirammal, MS MIS '09, Director-IT, Centene Corporation (FidelisCare NY). Chirammal has 14 years of experience in the IT health insurance domain and has expertise in a wide range of IT areas, such as software development, system analysis, service delivery at four health insurance organizations. Access his Power Chat (and more) in BizLink – Document Library.
Learn more about being a product manager from our alumni, such as Ameya Shastri, MS ‘18, Sr. Product Manager at Microsoft. Amey came to the UB MS MIS program with about 5 years of experience. Upon completion of his MS program, he worked at Copart as a Product Manager then transitioned to Walmart in Chicago in a Product Management role. In 2022, Ameya began a senior level product management role with Microsoft, still based in Chicago. Access his Power Chat (and more) in BizLink – Document Library.
Some employers request and encourage certification in your specific field to stay current in the newest technologies. This shows the ability to adapt, quickly learn and take the initiative.
To learn more about the Management Information Systems(MIS) areas and courses included within the concentration or program, please refer to the academic curriculum.