Overall Career Outlook for MIS Graduates
- Most new jobs in the modern economy will be heavily influenced by technology.
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities for MIS professionals are expected to expand rapidly from 2014-2024 due to a greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, more everyday items becoming connected to the Internet in what is commonly referred to as the “Internet of things,” and the continued demand for mobile computing.
- High salaries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for high-level information technology managers was $127,640 in 2014.
- Employment within computer and information technology occupations, including computer systems analysts, information security analysts and other computer professionals, is expected to increase up to 12 percent by 2024 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- Seven of the top 20 jobs listed in “Best jobs in America” in 2015 are IT related (CNN Money). FAU ITOM graduates are trained and qualified for these types of jobs.
- Computer Systems Analyst is ranked #3 in the 100 Best Jobs of 2016 as ranked by US News and World Report.
- MIS ranked #9 on the list of 20 college majors with highest starting salaries in 2016 with an average starting salary of $51,690 (Forbes)
$56,546 – Average starting salary for 2016 MIS graduates ( NACE) – highest of all business majors
$97,100 - Average salary for people with a four-year IT degree in 2016 (PayScale)
Of the 10 toughest jobs to fill in 2016, 4 are related to IT (Forbes)
5 of the 12 fastest growing occupations relate to information systems, with a reported growth in new jobs of more than 49,000 through 2018 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
MIS is the highest paid business major, with an average of 67.3% increase in change in salary from starting salary to mid-career salary (Wall Street Journal)
Newspaper and Magazine Articles About IT Jobs
Jobs and careers in IT continue to be in high demand. Below is a list of recent media coverage about the demand for IT skills.
- The Best Jobs in America 2016 - CNBC
- 100 Best Jobs in America - CNN/Money
- Best College Majors for Your Career - Kiplinger
- The College Majors With The Highest Starting Salaries - Forbes
- Highest Paying Bachelor Degrees by Salary Potential - PayScale
- What will you be doing in 2022? Hottest jobs for grads - CNBC
- 10 hot IT job skills for 2016 - CIO
- The 25 Skills That Can Get You Hired In 2016 - LinkedIn
- 2016 Salary Center for Technology Professionals - Robert Half
- Five hot career programs to make you more employable in South Florida - Sun Sentinel
- Highly skilled workers hard to find, South Florida recruiters say - Sun Sentinel
- Skills mismatch hinders county job seekers - Palm Beach Post
What Can I Do To Find a Great Job?
Start now! Don't wait until you are a graduating senior!
The ITOM Department has comprehensive connections with MIS alumni and local corporations, and has an Advisory Board comprised of industry leaders. We invite guest speakers to classes, have annual ITOM events, panel discussions, and networking sessions with alumni that are geared towards helping you find a job. Industry leaders regularly give information sessions to our students about job prospects. We offer company projects and internships (including for course credit!). It is never too early to start attending the informational sessions that our department offers. Juniors should get to know the companies that recruit MIS graduates. Seniors should aggressively seek opportunities everywhere.
Here are a few more things you can do:
- Join the MIS student organization, Management Information Systems Association (MISA)
- Sign up for the jobs and internship email distribution list
- Complete an internship, whether or not it is for course credit
- Register with the FAU Career Center
- Learn about industry needs and take electives that focus on them
- Talk to your MIS professors! We are here to help you and answer your questions!