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Information Systems

1,139 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
613 Master's Degrees Annually
#9 in Popularity
$93,610 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Information Systems Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many information systems graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,140
Master’s Degree 613
Basic Certificate 383
Graduate Certificate 155
Undergraduate Certificate 109
Associate’s Degree 68
Doctor’s Degree 4

What Information Systems Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to info systems were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Info Systems Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in info systems should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Skills for Info Systems Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to info systems:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Info Systems Majors

A major in info systems will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Information Systems Major?

People with a info systems degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Computer Network Architects 6.5% $109,020
Computer Network Support Specialists 8.2% $62,770
Computer Science Professors 8.1% $82,220
Computer Systems Analysts 9.1% $88,740

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems?

1,140 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
23% Percent Women
36% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major tends to be male dominated. About 77% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of info systems majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Info Systems Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 130
Black or African American 86
Hispanic or Latino 167
White 579
International Students 92
Other Races/Ethnicities 86

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Info Systems, too. About 8.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Information Systems Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $68,050 to $96,200 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to info systems. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with info systems require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for info systems careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.8%
Some College Courses 6.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 15.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 32.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 6.3%
Master’s Degree 21.3%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 2.1%
Doctoral Degree 9.4%

Online Information Systems Programs

In 2018-2019, 130 schools offered a info systems program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 32 5
Certificate (1-2 years) 15 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 28 0
Bachelor’s Degree 8 3
Post-Baccalaureate 32 5
Master’s Degree 14 7
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Information Systems Worth It?

The median salary for a info systems grad is $93,610 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 135% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,074,200 after 20 years!

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