Computer Science & Information Systems

Career Opportunities

Top Ten Fastest Growing IT Jobs 2012 – 2020 (Direct source:

Source Materials U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook (Published Late March 2012)

The latest Occupational Outlook Handbook by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, published in 2012.

Difference between Computer Science and Information Systems Degrees

Students often wonder about the difference is between Computer Science and Information Systems programs. While both programs involve the use of computer technology the methods and emphasis in the fields used is different. Both fields are challenging and rewarding fields of study.

  Computer Science Information Systems
Emphasis This is a technical or theoretical program. The emphasis in computer science programs is on developing problem solving abilities and programming skill. Also covered are computer architecture, computer networking, operating systems, and database design. This is an applied program of study. In this program students study how to apply computer technology to business problems. The use of technology improves business decision making, enables businesses to streamline their operations and compete more effectively in the marketplace.
Origin of Field Computer Science was derived from the disciplines of mathematics, physics, and electrical engineering. Scientific principles and methods are applied to the study of computers. The study of information systems is primarily derived from the field of business management.
Combining with other Majors Combines well with a wide variety of majors including but not limited to: Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Woman Studies Students normally combine an information system minor with either a major from the School of Business (Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management ), a business related major (Mathematics/Business, Chemistry/Business, Music Industry, and Sports Management), Art/Graphic Design, or Communications.
Types of Jobs The types of jobs obtained by computer science and information systems graduates are similar. So although jobs are listed in different columns, it is not unusual to find a computer science graduate holding a job in the information systems column and vice verse.
  • Programmer
  • Scientific programmer
  • System programmer
  • Computer control programmer
  • Interface programmer/designer
  • Client/server software developer
  • Computer graphics specialist
  • Software publishing
  • Software engineer
  • Quality assurance engineer
  • Telecommunications planner
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Modeling/simulation
  • Database designer/administrator
  • Chief Information Officer
  • IS/IT manager
  • Database manager/administrator
  • Management consultant
  • Management analyst
  • Operations research analyst
  • Systems analyst
  • Actuary
  • Business application developer
  • Application software support
  • Office automation
  • ERP administrator
  • Business decision support specialist
  • EDP auditing
  • Internet/intranet manager
  • Internet services
  • Help desk
  • Data warehousing/mining
  • Computer support specialist
  • Human computer interaction specialist

Source: Wingate University.