MIS students most likely to land systems analyst gigs, says report

Summary:Temple's Fox School of Business and the Association for Information Systems provide a snapshot of MIS students and their job prospects.

Information system students are likely to land jobs as systems analysts, land at technology, financial services or consulting firms and enjoy high placement rates, according to study by Temple University's Fox School of Business.

The study, a collaboration with the Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) at Temple's Fox School of Business and the Association for Information Systems, aims to profile MIS student prospects using data from 48 universities and 1,200 students. The goal of the IS Job Index was to profile demographics, salaries, jobs, industries and knowledge for MIS students in the U.S.

According to the report, chronicling the information technology labor market is tricky because "the recruitment, mindset, education, demographics, career paths, skills, and jobs of IS professionals are different and yet remain poorly understood and rarely promoted."

Among the key findings:

  • Bachelor IS students have an average salary of $57,212 and Masters IS students average $65,394. 

  • 76 percent of IS graduates are satisfied with their jobs and 73 percent founds jobs related to their degrees. 

  • IS students are 68 percent male, 55 percent white and 28 percent Asian. Those demographics compare to an overall college population that is 43 percent male, 58 percent white, 15 percent black, 7 percent Asian and 17 percent Hispanic. 

  • The average IS student near graduation is 24 years old and has about 3.5 years of job experience.

  • 33 percent of Masters IS students got an average signing bonus of $4,871 while 35 percent of Bachelor IS students landed an average signing bonus of $5,458.

Here's a look at the job classification for students:

IS jobs Temple report

And the average salaries by industry:

IS salaries industries temple

Disclosure: I'm an advisor to Temple's Fox School of Business MIS program. 

Topics: CXO

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