Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems or Computer Information Systems are prepared for a variety of careers. We list the following types of services to illustrate the wide range of possibilities that exist. Please note that the following are not academic majors; rather, they are career paths that BIS/CIS students may choose to pursue upon graduation.
A business analyst is a communicator between clients and IT departments to determine computer-related solutions to business problems. They also provide analysis and direction in process and data modeling and work with technical designers during implementation model creation.
Chief Technology Officers
A Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is assigned to a leadership team and is a vital go-to person for technology and resolving demands for technical skills and resources. The CTO is responsible for the growth of an enterprise.
The CTO can have the following responsibilities:
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Managers need communication skills, coordination skills to be able to work with other organizations and leadership skills to succeed. Managers typically work in an office environment up to 40 hours a week. Overtime may be needed to meet deadlines. Earnings vary by specialty and level of position.
Masters degrees are available in Business Administration or Management Information Systems to further your education and increase salary.
Other responsibilities of computer and information systems managers may also include:
Computer Hardware Engineers
Computer hardware engineers research, design and test computer hardware and supervises the manufacturing and installation processes.
Computer Network Architect
Computer network architects design and build networks based on the technical, business and financial specifications of a particular company's requirements.
Consultants are independent contractors who assist companies move in the right direction for software, hardware, operating systems, web development, system designs or network designs.
Database Administrators (DBAs) work closely with application developers to support application development efforts. A DBA's job is to:
Desktop publishers prepare graphic materials such as: brochures, flyers, calendars, advertisements, newsletters, books, proposals, business cards, forms and the like. Desktop publishers may also service clients in word processing services. They use computers, laser printers and sophisticated software programs to produce high quality graphic materials for their clients. They format and combine text, numerical data, photographs, charts and other visuals. Written skills are very important especially if a desktop publisher needs to write and edit text. A desktop publisher may be asked to create graphics or special effects, convert photographs and drawings into digital images, or manipulate the graphics. Their job may also consist of designing page layouts, developing presentations, typeset and color separation, and translating electronic information onto films. If designing for the web, HTML is very important to know. The knowledge of cameras, scanners and other external hardware should be learned to improve desktop publishing skills.
There are many elements of a game developer. These consist of:
Help Desk Professional
A help desk professional assists with problems dealing with computer systems software, hardware, and network problems. This professional can deal with employee's problems in a corporation or office, or can answer questions from customers for a software development firm. A help desk professional needs great problem solver skills, excellent communication skills because they will be asked to fix a certain problem, people skills and writing skills. Writing documentation when interacting with a user to show the job has been done--from first contact to resolution is another big job a help desk technician does. Other tasks may include: installing and updating software, implementing file backups, and other maintenance performances.
A multimedia designer plans, analyzes, and creates visual solutions to communications problems. Using print, electronic, and film media and technologies, a multimedia designer meets their clients' communication needs. Their job is much like a desktop develop in the sense they design layouts for magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, and the like. The most common job a multimedia designer will have is creating displays and marketing brochures for products, designing logos for products and companies, and creating signs. Designers are creating graphics for websites, computer interfaces, and multimedia projects. They also create the credits that appear before and after movies and T.V. programs. Macromedia Flash, Director, Shockwave, and other such multimedia software are vital in this business.
Network administrators make sure computer networks are running smoothly and effectively. They must plan and install hardware and software that makes up the network and maintain the printers connected to the network. This can include LAN, WAN, Internet or Intranet systems. Also maintains a central server. These networks Network Administrator's run can be a few computers to several that are all over the world.
Programmers write, test, and maintain detailed instructions of programs. They also conceive, design and test logical structures for solving problems by computer. Programmers can specialize in applications or systems.
Quality Assurance Software and Systems Testing
A company will sometimes need their software or systems testing to make sure it meets requirements. Quality Assurance (QA) companies will test and debug for you. Some QA companies produce their own QA testing software they sell to large or small companies.
Software Sales Representatives
Salespersons for computer software companies who are motivated, person oriented, ambitious and maintain professionalism. Understanding of IT products is always helpful. You can often find marketing skills to be a part of software sales representatives.
Systems Analysts solve computer problems and apply computer technology to meet individual needs of an organization. A person may plan and develop new computer systems - hardware & software. The analyst will use structured analysis, data modeling, information engineering, mathematical model building, sampling and cost accounting to plan systems.
Systems Integrators build complete computer systems using off-the-shelf hardware and software from several vendors to meet a company's needs.
Trainers/Educators use appropriate skills in specific areas of IT to teach others. Certifications would be helpful. A trainer will exert talent, patience, and communication/verbal skills.
Web Developer/Web Designer
Web developers or web designers design and develop layouts for small or large business websites. They also apply text and graphics to designed layouts. Knowledge in HTML and other programming languages is helpful. Additional responsibilities can also include: