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Career Outlook: MISM Degree

There are numerous job opportunities available to those with an MISM degree.

If you hold a Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) degree, many career opportunities may await. That’s because in the information technology (IT) industry today, employers want professionals who are good managers AND possess high-level technology skills that can help their companies grow and excel. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently updated the career outlook for computer and information systems managers, the type of position you could acquire with an MISM degree. Some of the highlights follow.1

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for computer and information systems managers is expected to rise by 12% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average growth for all other occupations. Part of the reason for this projected growth is increased demand. Firms are looking to expand their operations to digital platforms, and computer and information systems managers are expected to make these goals a reality.

Career Outlook: MISM Degree

Employment growth will also increase because businesses will need enhanced cyber security for the computer and information systems they use. Retailers will especially be in need of top-notch security policies as cyber threats become more of an occurrence.

Median Annual Salary in the Top Industries for Computer and Information Systems Managers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook1, the median annual salary for computer and information systems managers was $142,530 in May 2018. The lowest 10% of workers earned less than $85,380, while the salary of the top 10% was more than $208,000.

Here’s a look at the top industries for workers with a MISM degree and the median salary for each in May 2017:

  • Information $153,120
  • Computer systems design and related services $146,450
  • Finance and insurance $146,350
  • Manufacturing $141,380
  • Management of companies and enterprises $140,970

Career Options After Earning a Master of Information Systems Management

  • Software development
  • Cyber security
  • Applications development
  • Information systems strategy 
  • Data administration
  • Business consulting
  • Technical services  

How to Earn Your MISM

If you’ve always wanted a career in IT, earning your MISM degree is a great way to start. If you currently work full time and are unsure how you’re going to fit earning a Master of Information Systems Management degree into your schedule, consider an online program.

Earning your MISM degree online means you don’t have to worry about leaving work early to drive to a campus. Instead, you’ll be able to take online MISM degree courses on your own time, in the comfort of your own home.

Besides being convenient, an online MISM degree program can provide you with a wealth of knowledge that will make you desirable to organizations in need of information systems managers. You’ll learn how to design software system structures based on application needs and organization environment; how to decipher between competing technologies accurately; and how to manage an organization’s business processes through analysis, optimization, and design.

As businesses, government organizations, startups, and nonprofits continue to use technology to enhance their operations’ efficiency and earning potential, there will always be a need for savvy computer and information systems managers to make that happen. This means there will be plenty of job opportunities for those who hold a MISM degree. Thanks to online degree programs, that degree has never been more accessible.


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