The MIS Major prepares students to apply information technology in creative new ways to solve business challenges. MIS majors are in high demand and hired by large corporations such as Accenture, Aetna, Cigna, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, GE, IBM, PwC, The Hartford, Travelers, UnitedHealth Group, United Technologies, WellPoint, and others.
MIS Majors earned the highest average and median entry level salaries among all majors in the School of Business, as per the September 2013 placement statistics:
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MIS careers may involve
- working in cross-functional teams consisting of other functional specialists from Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, and other areas
- managing cross-functional and cross-cultural teams
- dealing with suppliers and customers within and outside their organizations
- being in charge of information security related initiatives in your company
- managing information technology projects with budgets of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars and staff running into tens or hundreds of employees worldwide
- traveling nationally and internationally
- working alongside other functional specialists such as Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Human Resource managers.
Some entry-level MIS jobs are rotational programs geared toward developing future IT Leaders for the company. Such jobs go by names such as IT Leadership Development Program or Technology Leadership Program. Some of them are:
- Cigna’s Technology Early Career Development Program (TECDP)
- GE’s Information Technology Leadership Program
- The Hartford Technology Leadership Development Program
- Travelers Information Technology Leadership Development Program
- United Technologies IT Leadership Program
Other entry-level MIS jobs have titles such as Management Consultant, Business Analyst, IT Consultant, Information Security Consultant, Systems Analyst, Information Security Analyst, IT Security Manager, Information Security Risk Analyst, Business Process Analyst, Project Manager, Database Developer, Programmer, etc. Here are career websites of some other companies who regularly recruit MIS majors from Uconn:
- Accenture: http://careers.accenture.com/us-en/find-your-fit/students-graduates/Pages/index.aspx
- Aetna: http://www.aetna.com/about-us/student-programs/recent-undergraduate-job-programs.html
- Deloitte: http://mycareer.deloitte.com/us/en/students/programsinternships/undergraduate
- Ernst & Young: http://www.ey.com/US/en/Careers/Students
- IBM: http://www-03.ibm.com/employment/us/un_university_recruiting.shtml
- PwC: http://www.pwc.com/us/en/careers/campus/
- UnitedHealth Group: http://careers.unitedhealthgroup.com/college/undergraduate-careers
- WellPoint: http://www.careersatwellpoint.com/Undergraduate-Programs.aspx
As your career evolves over several years, you may be promoted to senior executive positions with responsibilities over hundreds or sometimes thousands of employees, annual budgets of millions of dollars, and titles such as Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, Managing Director, Partner, Executive Director, etc.
Featured Career Path: Business Information Security
What is Information Security and why is it important?
Information security deals with assuring the correctness, availability and confidentiality of information as it is processed by different organizations. This involves a wide range of tasks from protecting the medical histories of the patient to preventing identity theft to making sure that your systems will be quickly restored in case of a natural disaster. Today, information security is critical to the well-being of individuals, business, nations and global economy. It is a challenging but very rewarding field to work in.
What skills do I need?
To be a successful information security specialist, you need to combine some technical as well as managerial skills, such as :
- Knowledge of computer networks and security protocols
- Knowledge of security software programs
- Knowledge of information risks and ways to mitigate them
- Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills
- Creative approach to problem solving
What are typical position titles and focus areas in information security?
A sample of job titles include:
- Security Consultant
- Security Auditor
- Security Administrator
- Security Analyst
- Director of Information Security
- Chief Information Security Officer (CSO/CISO)
You can become an Information Security Administrator with 0-2 years of job experience. It takes about 4 years to become a Security Analyst, 7 years for an Information Security Manager and 9-10 years for a Director or CSO position.
What are the salaries in the area of Information Security?
Based on a survey of Janco Associates, in January 2008, an average salary for a Data Security Administrator was $78,000; for a Network Control Analyst - $66,000; for Disaster Recovery Coordinator - $86,000. Overall, Information Security skills are in high demand and command higher than average salaries.