Information Systems Career Opportunities

Careers for the Future

The demand for IS graduates continues to be high, and the long-term future of IS professions is bright. Starting salaries are, on the average, the highest of any of the business majors, and among the highest of all college graduates.

The IS major provides diverse career possibilities. IS graduates find jobs in virtually every area of business, government, and education, with opportunities in small or large firms involved in regional, national or world-wide trade. ESU graduates have found exciting professional positions with

  • data communications companies
  • energy production companies
  • service-based organizations
  • manufacturing firms
  • financial institutions
  • health care companies
  • government agencies
  • educational organizations

ESU's IS graduates are among the most sought after in the field. Annually, many businesses and government agencies send recruiters to campus to interview students. Recruiters hire ESU students because they know our students are well prepared, talented, and highly motivated.

A great resource for IS Careers can be found at or compucert: IT-Computer careers.html

Information Systems Managers - This is a primary career field for IS majors in a business school: planning, directing, or coordinating information systems development.

Senior Management Positions

Job Titles Compensation*
Chief Information Officer, Vice President of Information Systems $162,145 (and up)
Chief Technology Officer $159,421 (and up)
Director of Systems Development $140,105 (and up)
Director of E-Commerce $131,526 (and up)
Chief Security Officer $119,986 (and up)
Internet Technology Strategist $116,127 (and up)
Director of IT Operations $103,204 (and up)

Computer Information Systems Staff -These are the entry-level and career path positions leading to information systems management positions for  IS majors. Information Systems and Computer Science majors compete for many of these positions, but the preparation is different. IS focuses on business application and has stronger business knowledge with an aim to promote rapidly from these staff areas into management positions.

Computer Systems Analysts -Analyze business, and all other data processing problems for application to electronic data processing systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems.

Job Titles Compensation*
Senior Systems Analyst $80,090
Information Security Specialist $73,207
Technology/Business Analyst $69,651
Systems Analyst $61,217

Database Administrators - Coordinate changes to computer databases, test and implement the database applying knowledge of database management systems. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

Job Titles Compensation*
Database Architect $92,204
Database Administrator $81,710
Database Developer $70,102
Database Analysts $64,151

Network and Computer Systems Administrators - Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet system or a segment of a network system. Maintain network hardware and software.

Job Titles Compensation*
Network Architect $83,590
Network Engineer $72,720
Systems Administrator $64,925
Network Administrator $53,644

Computer Support Specialists - Provide technical assistance to computer system users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone or from remote location.

Job Titles Compensation*
Systems Architect $101,308
Project Leader $85,299
Software Engineer $81,150
Messaging/E-Mail/Groupware Specialist $71,552
Quality Assurance Specialist $66,166
E-Commerce Specialist $61,091

Computer Programmers - Convert project specifications and statements of problems and procedures to detailed logical flow charts for coding into computer language. May program web sites.

Job Titles Compensation*
Systems Architect $101,308
Project Leader $85,299
Software Engineer $81,150
Messaging/E-Mail/Groupware Specialist $71,552
Quality Assurance Specialist $66,166
E-Commerce Specialist $61,091

*Compensation is the total of average salary plus average bonus according to a survey conducted in May-July 2004, as reported in Computerworld 38 (4) pp. 49-58, October 25, 2004

The School of Business faculty works closely with  Career Services to help you find a job. Many business firms and government agencies annually send recruiters to campus to interview our graduates.

Faculty members also work with you to locate job information and prepare for job searches and interviews.