MIS or Finance?

<p>This is a decision that has been driving me crazy over the last year. I'm finishing up my junior year of college as of now, yet I still can't decide which major I prefer. I was originally dead set on finance because I enjoy the investing side of it, however, I also enjoy my mis classes since I am interested in technology. </p>

<p>When it comes to finance, I am worried that I will be limited to major cities (charlotte, nyc, DC, etc.) to find a job, and I don't like the idea of having a job that requires cold calling (financial planning, stockbroker, etc.). I am also concerned with job security because of how unstable the financial industry can be.</p>

<p>As for MIS, I have read that there is a lot of concern over outsourcing and that many IT jobs require hellish hours. I know two people, one who has had a great IT job with an insurance company for 13 years who loves his job, and another who has lost many jobs to outsourcing and has had jobs with horrible hours and tons of failed projects. Needless to say, the one guy tells me that MIS can open a lot of doors for me while the other guy urges me to find something else (in which case I would stick with finance). </p>

<p>If anyone can shed some light on these two majors and offer further advice I would GREATLY appreciate it. It's a big decision for me and I need all the advice I can get since I'm almost out of time to decide.</p>

<p>Do MIS. If you were dead set on finance and you're really having this much trouble it's obviously because you found out that you actually like MIS more but that goes against your original plan. Stop fighting yourself and just do MIS, get a nice job with reasonable hours and good pay and live a happy life.</p>

<p>Why dont you double major? Im actually headed to Stern next year to do a double major in Finance and MIS.</p>

<p>I just graduated as a double major in MIS and Finance. I thought it was a great experience being able to develop a finance background while learning the aspects of MIS. </p>

<p>I can tell you from what I've been hearing from professors and students in both programs, that finance students are definitely having a harder time finding jobs at this time.</p>

<p>With MIS there are a lot of different career paths you can go down from consulting, programming, database, etc. I was also told that MIS jobs were being outsourced by advisors in my business school whom were absolutely clueless, but if anything being a double major in the interviews(consulting jobs) I've been in, the interviewers have mostly been concerned with my MIS background. </p>

<p>Right now personally I think there is a demand for people who are able to communicate between IT personnel and Business personnel and understanding both sides in a business, which is where MIS comes in. Also, look into Business Intelligence. If you have a finance and MIS background you will understand both ends.</p>

<p>MIS snuck into the top 10 entry-level salaries list this year, just behind the engineering majors and way ahead of accounting/finance/mang. It's supply and demand folks. It doesn't get any simpler than that.</p>

<p>^lol brb, making a decision about my career based solely on ENTRY level salaries.</p>

<p>Pls go</p>

<p>^^^Clearly starting salary is not the only thing to consider, but it's important because it tells you what the supply and demand is for that specific major. Obviously, if one didn't enjoy doing MIS then it wouldn't be a good idea, but if one were unsure as what major will make them employable and marketable in the real world, then MIS appears to be a good choice. I think it's important to strike a good balance between doing what you enjoy and what will actually get you a good job and career. I personally am very interested in psychology, but I wouldn't major in it because I'm not interested in sales or HR. Plus, I have 50-70 years after I graduate to read about psychology.</p>

<p>My guess is more people with computer science majors(excluding the top talent) or certificates and whatnot are more likely to be outsourced than MIS major work. I think once you get past a certain experience threshold an MIS person should be doing things that are harder to outsource. You should be concerned more about making decisions about what needs to be done, what kind of solution fits what problem, etc etc...not coding or doing grunt work. If you are the link between the hardcore computer science techies(who are probably smarter than you, but might as well live in India) and the people actually running the business...you probably aren't going to be outsourced...although you might be the last man standing in the IT department!</p>