Computer Science & Information Systems

Career Opportunities

Top Ten Fastest Growing IT Jobs 2012 – 2020 (Direct source: http://tinyurl.com/plkqjrg)

Source Materials U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook (Published Late March 2012) Indeed.com (Live Salary Data Q2 2012) Computerworld IT Forecast 2012 Survey (Published Q4 2011)

The following IT career paths will experience the most growth from 2012 to 2020, pay salaries well above the national average and offer a wide range of opportunities for upward mobility. Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook | Indeed.com | ITCareerFinder.com

1. Mobile Application Developer • Growth: 32% (much faster than avg.) • New Jobs 2010-2020: 292,200 • Average Salary: $94,000 • Mobile Development Training Top Growth Factors: Mobile application developer is one of the world’s most demanded and fastest growing IT careers. As smart phones and tablets continue to change the way we do business, communicate, and access news & entertainment, the demand for new and innovative mobile applications is growing at breakneck speeds. This increased demand translates to one of the largest IT skills gaps ever realized – there are simply more mobile development jobs than skilled developers to fill them. Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook | Indeed.com | ITCareerFinder.com View slide

2. Database Administrator • Growth: 31% (much faster than avg.) • New Jobs 2010-2020: 33,900 • Average Salary: $82,000 • Database Administrator Training Top Growth Factors: As businesses continue to accumulate record amounts of digital information, the demand for trained and certified DBAs to store, organize, analyze and secure this data will continue to rise. In addition, as more databases are connected to the Internet and cloud, data security will become increasingly vital & complex, thus a growing number of database administrators with information security training will be hired to protect corporate databases from hackers and other cyber criminals. Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook | Indeed.com | ITCareerFinder.com View slide

3. Software Engineer / Developer • Growth: 30% (much faster than avg.) • New Jobs 2010-2020: 270,900 • Average Salary: $90,000 • Software Engineer Training Top Growth Factors: Demand for software engineers will rise along with technological advancements in computer networking. For example, the increased adoption of cloud & virtualization strategies will create demand for applications software engineers who can develop efficient and secure web- based programs. Likewise, as the increased sophistication and adoption of electronic data-processing systems continues to rise, the need to implement, safeguard and upgrade to these new systems will fuel the creation of systems software engineer jobs in 2012 and beyond. Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook | Indeed.com | ITCareerFinder.com

4. Video Game Designer • Growth: 30% (much faster than avg.) • New Jobs 2010-2020: 270,900 • Average Salary: $80,000 • Video Game Designer Training Top Growth Factors: The multi-billion dollar video game industry has more than tripled in size over the last decade with no signs of slowing. Beyond the booming consumer market for console & PC games, the increased popularity and sophistication of mobile devices has unlocked a new world of job opportunities for video game designers, artists and programmers. Computer game designers with mobile development expertise will be especially sought after as smart phones & tablets, such as the iPhone, iPad and Android devices, continue to change how video games are accessed and played. Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook | Indeed.com | ITCareerFinder.com

5. Network Administrator • Growth: 28% (much faster than avg.) • New Jobs 2010-2020: 96,600 • Average Salary: $69,000 • Network Administrator Training Top Growth Factors: Computer networks are an increasingly vital part of the modern business, and demand for network administrators will continue to increase as firms invest in new tech to increase productivity and gain a competitive advantage. The rapid adoption of tablets and smartphones – and BYOD strategies – into corporate culture means more organizations will use the Internet to conduct business online, translating to an increased need for network professionals who can help businesses utilize these emerging technologies to communicate with employees, clients and customers. Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook | Indeed.com | ITCareerFinder.com

6. IT Security Specialist • Career Growth: 22% (faster than avg.) • New Jobs 2010-2020: 65,700 • Average Salary: $87,000 • IT Security Specialist Training Top Growth Factors: Security will remain a top concern for IT hiring managers as the frequency, scope and complexity of cyber attacks continues to rise. IT executives in Computerworld’s 2012 IT Forecast Survey report actively seeking professionals with security skills, but finding it difficult to locate good talent. This indicates an incredible opportunity for IT pros to advance their information security skills & credentials. Security skills in the greatest demand in 2012 and beyond will include IT operations security, mobile device security, risk management, cloud/virtualization & network security. Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook | Indeed.com | ITCareerFinder.com

7. Computer Systems Analyst • Career Growth: 22% (faster than avg.) • New Jobs 2010-2020: 120,400 • Average Salary: $79,000 • Systems Analyst Training Top Growth Factors: As organizations continue to increase their reliance on technology, systems analysts will be hired to design new computer systems across all verticals. Health care is a key industry for computer system analyst job growth, as government mandates and aggressive funding continue to drive rapid increases in electronic medical record (EMR) adoption, e-prescription services and other healthcare IT initiatives that require systems analysts to design and develop customized computer systems. Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook | Indeed.com | ITCareerFinder.com

8. Web Developer (web 2.0) • Career Growth: 22% (faster than avg.) • New Jobs 2010-2020: 65,700 • Average Salary: $91,000 • Web Developer Training Top Growth Factors: Each year, a record number of businesses brings their offerings to the World Wide Web. As the number of products and services online grows, web developers will continue to see increased job opportunities. The proliferation of social media and Web 2.0 sites will contribute to the high demand for skilled and talented web 2.0 developers, as businesses look for web-based solutions to engage a new generation of customers and spur a competitive advantage in these fast-growing platforms. Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook | Indeed.com | ITCareerFinder.com

9. Health Information Technician • Career Growth: 21% (faster than avg.) • New Jobs 2010-2020: 37,700 • Average Salary: $46,000 • Health Information Technician Training Top Growth Factors: Health care will produce more new IT jobs from 2012 – 2020 than any other single industry. Aggressive government mandates and federal funding incentives for health care practices to adopt electronic medical record (EMR) systems is driving unprecedented growth in healthcare IT hiring. Candidates beginning their health information technician education now will be well-positioned for supervisory roles as the health IT job market continues its rapid ascension throughout this decade. Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook | Indeed.com | ITCareerFinder.com

10. Technology Manager • Career Growth: 18% (faster than avg.) • New Jobs 2010-2020: 55,800 • Average Salary: $111,000 • Technology Manager Training Top Growth Factors: Technology manager employment growth is closely tied to the growth rates of the IT occupations they supervise. Unprecedented growth in a range of IT career fields – including networking, web 2.0 and mobile development, software engineering, database management, IT security, cloud & virtualization technologies, etc. – will continue from 2012 to 2020 and beyond, in turn fueling the need for skilled and talented IT managers to “steer the ship.”

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.