What Can You Do With a Computer Information Systems Degree?

Companies and organizations today rely heavily on information technology. The systems and infrastructure that manage data, from computers to servers and more, must be correctly designed, implemented and maintained. As a computer information systems professional, you could be an invaluable asset in the workforce.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics1 projects that jobs in computer and information technology will see a growth rate of 11% on a national level between 2019 and 2029.

If this growing field is calling you, DeVry University offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems that can help you get started.

Of course, the path to earning your bachelor’s degree might take you through several steps, including earning a certificate or an associate degree first.

Here, we’ll talk about the preparation path to a computer information systems (CIS) career as we explore the following questions:

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What Jobs Can I Pursue With a CIS Associate Degree?

An Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking from DeVry can arm you with both technical and general education, and offers a few different specializations you can choose to pursue. These specializations help you gain the exposure, experience and education you can use to prepare for positions in the field.

Graduates of DeVry’s Associate Degree Specialization in Information Systems and Programming may consider such careers as:

  • Computer Network Support Specialist – These support specialists focus on technical computer network issues and maintenance.
  • Computer Systems Analyst –This role diagrams computer system architectures for programmers to work from.
  • Data Warehouse Specialist –This role is responsible for developing processes and procedures for managing data storage across an organization or for a specific project, as well as for creating applications or software that automate these processes and procedures.
  • Systems Programmer Analyst –This role functions as both a systems analyst and applications programmer, facilitating the design and analysis of information systems. Systems programmer analysts also design and write application programs at the system level.

What Jobs Can I Pursue With a CIS Bachelor’s Degree?

A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems program at DeVry offers seven specializations depending on your interests, and targeted courses relevant to your specialization.

Graduates of our Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems may consider careers such as:

  • Applications Programmer Analyst – This role installs software programs and analyzes their performance against business standards, making recommendations for repairs or optimizations as needed.
  • Computer Programmer – Computer programmers are responsible for writing and testing code for computer applications and programs according to design specifications.
  • Computer Security Specialist – This role utilizes knowledge and experience in order to prevent cyberattacks from accessing sensitive data within information storage systems.
  • Computer Support Specialist – Computer support specialists, aka technical support specialists, provide assistance to an organization’s users in the form of analyzing and troubleshooting computer hardware or network issues and repairing as needed.
  • Cyber Security Specialist – This role is key to ensuring information systems are secure. Cyber security specialists monitor, diagnose and respond to security events in order to protect systems from threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Data Analyst – This role is responsible to retrieve and gather data, organize it and analyze it in order to answer business questions and provide actionable insights.
  • Data Scientist – Data scientists are a new type of data analyst that specializes and has expertise in complex problem solving through the use of technical skills.
  • Database Administrator – This role is responsible for securely storing and organizing data into meaningful patterns so that data analysts can easily access data sets for analysis and reporting.
  • Information Systems Manager – This role is responsible for planning, coordinating and directing all computer-related activities in an organization.
  • Penetration Tester (Ethical Hacker) – Penetration testing is a type of ethical hacking (hacking done with an organization’s permission in order to find vulnerabilities) but differs in that it is done on a consistent schedule whereas ethical hacking is done at random.
  • Software Engineer – This role is responsible for designing, developing, testing and maintaining computer software while also employing the principles and practices of engineering throughout the process.
  • Systems Analyst – A system analyst, or computer systems architect, is responsible for researching the latest technologies, training users, diagnosing system malfunctions, recommending solutions and working with users to troubleshoot system issues.

Can I Get a Job with Only a CIS Certificate?

While it’s possible to find entry-level employment with a certificate, you may also need workplace experience and a higher level of education to move forward in your career.

If you’re just starting out, you may want to consider DeVry certificate programs that are designed to help you gain the industry knowledge and skills needed to begin pursuing careers in the field.

Many of our programs are stackable, meaning that qualifying credits you earn at DeVry at the certificate or associate degree level can be applied toward the next level as you continue your education with us2.

Here are some of the certificates that we offer that may help you work towards earning your associate or bachelor’s degree at DeVry later on:

Are You Ready to Start Earning Your Degree?

DeVry is here to help you as you begin to navigate your path towards a computer information systems (CIS) career.

Contact us today for more information, or to discuss what the best pathway looks like for you as your work towards your career in computer information systems.


1 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm?view_full Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location.
2 At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.