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Management Information Systems

  • Systems Analyst $54,331 - $105,775 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 $50,600 - $101,006 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 $65,394 - $115,782 Management consultants analyze business problems, synthesize inputs from diverse sources, and generate recommendations for solutions.
  • Technical Consultant $90,865 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 $54,204 - $103,533 Application Developers/Programmers design software applications to support business processes. They require significant skill in one or more programming languages.
  • Information Systems Developer $69,345 - $94,835 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 $83,359 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 $65,348 - $100,533 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 $46,037 - $81,610 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 $92,382 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 $45,687 - $79,790 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 $107,563 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 $226,449 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 $116,382 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 $51,808 - $85,506 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 $53,664 - $95,771 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 $107,258 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.

Careers in MIS

The MIS program prepares students for careers involving the design, development, configuration, and management of IT-based information systems for business organizations. 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.

In addition to their technology focus, students are prepared with critical business acumen and soft skills development in such essential areas as communication, leadership, business analysis, and project management. Career opportunities in MIS are excellent because of the combination of business skills and technology. 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.

In recent years, RIT's MIS graduates have been placed with many leading firms, including the AT&T, Ernst & Young, General Electric, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, JPMorgan Chase, SAP, Xerox, and many others.

Management Information Systems Placement Data

Above is the link to placement data collected by our Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services. Here you can find median salaries, co-op wages and contact information for every major at RIT.