I'm currently a junior at Fresno State and was initially going to major in CIS (computer information systems), but over the summer I did a lot of research about this major and similar others (MIS, IS etc) and have been seeing that a lot of recent college graduates with this major are having major trouble finding jobs with them. I have also been keeping track of the current H1b visa program in which many information systems or IT jobs are going to H1b visa holders since the Industry can afford to pay them less comparatively to American citizens. All this, in conjunction with Fresno State's average CIS program scared me away from CIS and into accounting because every major market study I read has accounting majors near the top of the list for being the most "safe" major from which to find a job for after graduating. I've also taken financial and managerial accounting already and didn't have any trouble at all with them though I didn't find it particularly exciting. I figure an ideal role for me would be to get into governmental accounting as I've heard horror stories about 70-80 work weeks that those that go into public accounting are subjected to.
Now my personal situation is as follows, I'm 28 years old, a veteran and my job in the Army was essentially that of the civilian equivalent of being a PC technician (25U). I did this for about 3 years and thus figured a major like CIS, which combines a business acumen and computer acumen into it's courses would be perfect for me since I already had some experience working with computers in the Army.
My questions about these 2 majors are as follows and it would be great if they can be answered by someone who has experience in these fields:
Would my age make a difference by going the accounting route? I have heard there is some age discrimination in accounting for entry level jobs and I would be 30 by the time I finish a BS in accounting.
The great majority of job listings I've seen for even entry level accounting jobs (book keeping included) require that you have between 2-5 years experience, so how good is the job outlook for a recent accounting graduate that doesn't go the public accounting route (Big 4) be able to do in this economy? Would they only be eligible for $11/hr book keeping jobs and work yourself up from there? I've been hearing that the accounting job market has become saturated and thus wages have been driven down, how accurate is this?
As far as CIS goes, would someone already with 3 years of experience of helpdesk type work plus the BS in CIS be able to land a job as a business analyst, DBA or network administrator? Or would a CIS job only qualify me for helpdesk type work since there are also CS, CE graduates going for IT jobs.
In reality, how good is the job outlook for IT types of majors such as CIS, MIS, IT, CS, CE majors. Is this field already saturated with American and H1b's all looking for the same types of IT jobs? Are the majority of companies only offshoring and hiring H1b's?