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Courses and salary for the IT/IS field

I am currently a senior in college and will be graduating in two years. I'm majoring in Management Information Systems and Economics. The courses required for the MIS major are as follows:

  • Advanced Business COBOL
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Database Systems in Business
  • Networking and Telecomm Systems
  • Application Software Design
  • Distributed Projects
  • Object-oriented Business Systems

All lot of the classes seem to focus on client/servers systems. I understand that the field is becoming increasingly tight in the way of jobs that are available. My question is: With this major and the above classes taken will it be difficult to find a job in the IT or IS field? What is the average starting salary for someone with my education? I do have experience working for the University's Management Information Office as a technician.


Carl,

It's impossible to project what the job market will be like when you graduate two years from now. While all knowledge is a positive thing, my question is: Why set your goals at MIS/IT? If you're in school now, and you like technical stuff, why not Engineering? Combine Engineering and Economics, or English and Business and you'd be much more employable. Approximate average salary in MIS might be $30,000 (rough); however, in Engineering it may well be $36,000-$40,000, depending on the state of the economy, need at the time, etc.
This was first published in June 2001

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