What do MIS professionals do?
Management Information Systems—or MIS—focuses on designing computer systems to help people and organizations function more effectively. Those with an MIS degree play a vital role in the technological direction of their organizations because they do everything from constructing the business plan to overseeing network and Internet operations. MIS professionals also apply their vision of where technology can take organizations.
What MIS degree will I need?
- Undergraduates can earn a bachelor's degree in information systems or information technology, or take classes as part of a business degree.
- MBA students can choose concentrations in IS/IT and some schools offer master's degrees and PhDs in MIS/IT.
What's the difference between a master's in MIS and an MBA with MIS concentration?
Both an MBA MIS and a Master of Information Systems degree will prepare you to assume managerial positions within the field of MIS, but there are some distinctions:
- The MBA degree will provide you with more general skills that are transferable to other areas. The MBA degree's broad curriculum also offers client management and other strategic issues.
- The master's will provide you with greater information systems expertise, but fewer transferable skills.
What skills are necessary to work in the business information systems field?
Information systems managers need a broad range of skills—a keen understanding of people, processes, business, and customer's needs. They should also be able to:
- communicate effectively
- understand how to organize information analyze user information needs
- design or evaluate information systems that allow for efficient and effective user interaction
- provide and assure the quality and value of information to decision makers
- understand the economic and social environment in which their organization functions
- be familiar with relevant issues in law, economics, ethics and management
What's the salary and career outlook for those with an MIS degree?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for computer and information systems managers is $120,950. Job growth through 2022 is 15 percent, which is faster than average for all occupations. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.