According to cbsnews.com, Management Information Systems is one of the top 20 best-paying college degrees in 2011. For more information on the average starting and mid-career salaries, please visit this link.
One of the most important occupations for MIS majors is that of a Systems Analyst. The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Federal Government publishes occupational outlook of different job categories on a regular basis. This typically includes such valuable information as nature of work, qualifications needed, total employment in the U.S., job outlook in the future, and earnings information. Job prospects of Systems Analysts are expected to be excellent as described in details here. Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, and job prospects should be excellent.
A recent article in the U.S. News and World Report indicates that the job of a Systems Analyst is among "the most offshore-resistant computer careers". Read the Article here.
A survey was conducted of 112 Chief Information Officers and they were asked to identify their most important concerns. These CIOs expressed concern about not having enough people with a mix of technology and business skills. They reported that they are starting to see a looming shortage of people with the mix of tech and business skills they'll need. The MIS program at the UWF College of Business offers a unique and balanced combination of technology and business skills. People with such skills are highly sought after as reported in this article. Read the Article here. (You may have to wait 2 seconds for the article to come up.)
Another very important occupation for MIS majors is that of a Business Analyst. The CIO magazine calls the Business Analyst a hot commodity due to the increasing reliance that business places on technology. The article says that "A good business analyst is able to create a solution to a particular business problem and act as a bridge to the technologists who can make it happen." Read more here.
A new survey out in June 2008 from AeA, the group formerly known as the American Electronics Association, reports that jobs in the technology industry are growing at a healthy clip. The major points reported in the survey are:
Wages in technology jobs are 87% higher, on average, than in the rest of the private-sector job market.
The number of students graduating with technology degrees is much lower than demand for such graduates. This has created a scarcity of technology workers. Here are the numbers. More than 850,000 IT jobs are expected to be added during the 10-year period ending in 2016, which would be a rise of 24%. Add all the jobs that will replace retiring workers, and the total increase could be a tidy 1.6 million. That means one job in every 19 created over the course of the next decade will be in technology. And while demand for tech-savvy employees is certainly multiplying, another survey, this one from the Computing Research Association and released in March 2008, found a 20% drop in the number of students completing degrees in computer-related fields, and the number of students enrolling in these programs is the lowest it has been in 10 years, as far back as the data goes.
In an article dated July 19, 2010, the Nextgov website reported that the U.S. Navy is planning to aggressively hire information technology specialists with business skills as part of their newly developed strategic plan. Nextgov is a spin off of Government Executive.com and provides coverage and commentary on the management of information technology in the Federal Government. To read the article, follow this link: http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20100719_1797.php.