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Management Information Systems

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Network Administration

 
  • Intranet
    • Development
    • Installation
    • Testing
    • Monitoring
    • Maintenance
    • Security
    • Support
  • Hardware and Software Design
  • Most areas of business, government and nongovernmental organizations including:
    • Financial institutions
    • Insurance companies
    • Consulting fi rms
    • Manufacturers
    • Computer companies
    • Telecommunications companies
    • Retailers
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Entertainment companies
    • Environmental management firms
    • Education institutions
    • City, state and federal government

Database Administration

 
  • Development
  • Installation
  • Testing
  • Maintenance/Support
  • Archiving/Security
  • Upgrading
  • Systems Integration
  • Management
  • Most areas of business, government and nongovernmental organizations including:
    • Financial institutions
    • Insurance companies
    • Consulting fi rms
    • Manufacturers
    • Computer companies
    • Telecommunications companies
    • Retailers
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Entertainment companies
    • Environmental management firms
    • Education institutions
    • City, state and federal government

Web Administration

 
  • Website
    • Design
    • Programming/Development
    • Management
  • System Administration
  • Analysis
  • Internet-related companies including:
    • Browsers
    • Search engines
    • Website design services
  • Most areas of business, government and nongovernmental organizations including:
    • Financial institutions
    • Insurance companies
    • Consulting firms
    • Manufacturers
    • Computer companies
    • Telecommunications companies
    • Retailers
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Entertainment companies
    • Environmental management firms
    • Education institutions
    • City, state and federal government

Systems Development

 
  • Planning/Analysis
  • Design
  • Building/Coding
  • Integration/Testing
  • Operations/Maintenance
  • Project Management
  • Most areas of business, government and nongovernmental organizations including:
    • Financial institutions
    • Insurance companies
    • Consulting firms
    • Manufacturers
    • Computer companies
    • Telecommunications companies
    • Retailers
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Entertainment companies
    • Environmental management firms
    • Education institutions
    • City, state and federal government

Technical Support

 
  • Hardware, Software, Systems Support
  • System Oversight/Evaluation
  • Training
  • Technical Writing
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Software, hardware and systems developers
  • Technical service providers
  • Retailers
  • Education institutions

Education/Training

 
  • Proprietary (for profit) schools
  • K-12 public and private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Corporations
  • Non-profi t organizations

Consulting

 
  • Consulting firms
  • Self-employed

General Information and Strategies

  • Professionals in this industry are excellent communicators who manage time effi ciently. They are detail- and big picture-oriented.
  • Expect to work extended and/or irregular hours at times and to be "on call."
  • Prepare to learn new information on a regular basis through online discussions, classes, conferences, periodicals and update your skills accordingly.
  • Certifications may be necessary for some technical careers. Obtain the certifi cations that are the most applicable to career goals and interests.
  • Gain as much diverse technical experience as possible. Seek positions in computer labs, retail computer/technology stores or as technological support for any office or business.
  • Investigate technology in additional areas such as audio/visual or telecommunications. Become familiar with the integration and application of these areas to management information systems.
  • Develop physical stamina and strength. Many networking professionals are involved in hands-on, physical activity during network installation and maintenance.
  • Specialize in a specific area of business or industry and become familiar with the applicable software and hardware. Earn a minor in your field of specialization i.e. biology for work with a scientific database.
  • Plan to earn a Master's degree such as an MBA with a technology component for increased management opportunities.

  • NOTE: The Management Information Systems major is closely related to other majors such as Computer Information Systems, Information System, Information Sciences and Information Technology. While each may be slightly different, all are focused on the application of technology in various environments. In contrast, Computer Science focuses on the theory of mathematical foundations required for the development of systems software such as operating systems and language translators.