Information systems

Are you interested in a career in information systems? In this section you can find out more about what occupations in this sector involve along with advice on how to gain access to a career in information systems.

What does a career in information systems entail?

Information systems is the study of systems with a reference to information and the network of hardware and software used to collect, filter, process, create and distribute data. An information system is the information and communication technology (ICT) that an organisation uses as well as how others interact with technology. The study of Information systems covers a variety of topics including computer networking, systems analysis, systems design, information security, database management and decision support systems. Information systems are the not only the technology used by organisations but also how organisations interact with technology and how technology functions with business processes.

Those working within information systems work on the design, implementation and management of information technology. There are a number of career pathways available in information systems including: IS strategy, IS management, IS development, IS iteration, IS organisation. There are many career opportunities available in the sector. Those working in information systems are responsible for designing and building information systems, users of those systems and the management of these systems. The majority of UK information systems graduates are employed as programmers and software development professionals.

Other occupations within information systems include:

  • Database administrator
  • Systems developer
  • Information systems manager
  • Systems analyst
  • IT consultant
  • Network engineer
  • IT technical support officer
  • Multimedia programmer

Skills needed to become a software developer include:

  • Adaptability
  • Team player
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Excellent organisation
  • Commercial awareness
  • Business acumen
  • Problem solving skills
  • Management skills

What qualifications are needed for a career in information systems?

For a career in this domain, a degree in information systems is required. Work experience and internships will improve your chances of finding employment and are always a plus on your CV. Becoming part of a professional body such as the Chartered Institute of IT can provide useful networking opportunities. UK universities offering bachelor degrees in Information Systems include: University of Surrey, City University of London, University of Portsmouth, Kingston University London, and University of Westminster. The University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield offer Masters in information systems.

Employers of information systems graduates

Opportunities exist for information systems graduates both in the private and public sector: in ICT consultancy firms, service providers, telecom companies, government, education and the NHS. Some of the largest information technology companies in the world who employ information systems graduates include: Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics, Foxconn, Amazon.com, HP Inc., Microsoft, IBM, Alphabet Inc., Sony, Panasonic, Huawei, Dell, Toshiba and Intel.

Average salary for graduates working in information systems

The average salary for information systems graduates in the UK with 1-4 years' experience is around £23,530 rising to £48,000 for those with 5-9 years' experience, but can vary depending on location.

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