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Is a Computer Information Systems degree worthless?

aintnopartylikeaaintnopartylikea 3 replies4 threads New Member
Heres a list of courses the major contains:
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I already know a bit about Networking, SQL, Visual Basic, etc...

Im hoping to become a Database Administrator, Network Engineer.. I wouldn't mind being a Business or QA Analyst neither.

What entry level jobs could I land with this degree and some certs?
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  • aintnopartylikeaaintnopartylikea 3 replies4 threads New Member
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  • jjwinklejjwinkle 478 replies6 threads Member
    There are different prospects for different specialties within computer work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_102.htm) has widely different growth and job openings predictions for the different computer occupational areas. For instance, the BLS predicts, for 2014-2024, these growth/total number of job openings: Computer systems analyst 21%/192,000, Information security analyst 18%/26,000, Database administrator 11%/39,000 and Network architect 9%/32,000. Obviously, Computer systems analyst looks to be the golden one among them. They predict for a couple of areas a little removed from what you express interest in, Software developer (applications) and Web developer, 19%/238,000 and 27%/59,000, respectively.

    It looks to me that information systems expertise is a subset of computer science, that CS people can do what IT people can do (& much more), and CS and IT people will often compete for the same jobs. I presume the CS people are generally found more attractive.

    The program at http://i65.****.com/2wpmdc0.png is quite broad and while it gets into business as well as IT, it doesn't get into either deeply. IT programs are easier to do than CS programs, but they don't equip one nearly as well for getting readily or well employed. To become desirable in the job market, you have to do hard work in learning. You can do that more in college (CS route) or (with greater initial difficulty in gaining employment) do it more after college (IT route).
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