Job opportunities for graduates with degrees in Informatics are increasing faster than the general demand for most other fields of study, and salaries are relatively high. Employers are desperate to find job candidates who have computer skills and technology-related degrees.
Technical skills alone, however, are not enough to succeed in a job. Employers also want individuals who have interpersonal, teamwork, analytical and communication skills. Graduating with a major in Informatics provides you with these diverse skills.
Skills Needed for a Career in Informatics
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Analytical skills
- Aptitude for Information Technology
- Communication skills (oral & written)
- Problem-solving skills
- Ability to work in a changing environment
- Ability to work under pressure
Businesses are looking for individuals who can develop or utilize technology to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their company. Information systems provide the foundation for conducting today's business.
The ability to achieve strategic business goals is almost impossible without extensive use of information technology. An aptitude for analysis and design and secure application software development combined with an understanding of accounting, finance, marketing, and management provide the background to create and utilize computer-aided solutions to business problems.
The Informatics Curriculum at ISU
The informatics program is designed specifically to prepare students to design, implement, and manage computer-based information systems. Combining concepts of computer science, software engineering, and management, the program provides an in-depth understanding of the analysis, design, and implementation of computer-based systems and the management of the information resource.
The program acquaints the students with information systems ranging from desktop systems to multi-user Web-based systems. Informatics degrees include a BBA in Computer Information Systems(soon to be renamed Business Informatics) and a BBA in Health Care Information Systems Management (soon to be renamed Health Care Informatics).
Why Major in Informatics
- High salaries
- High placement rate
- Exciting and challenging field
- Opportunities to grow as technology evolves
- Hands-on problem solving
- Chances to be innovative
- Global opportunities
- Great chance for advancement
- Opportunities to continue learning
- Chance to make an impact
- Business Informatics
- Health Care Informatics
Business Application Developer
Business Application Developers meet with clients or end-users to determine their business needs. Then, they translate the required business functions into a programming language that can be understood by the computer. They are also responsible for testing the software and detecting and correcting any errors. Finally, these individuals develop help systems to guide system users.
With the incredible increase in computer technology, businesses are in need of database administrators to manage the storage and retrieval of data. They determine the most efficient manner to store, organize, maintain and retrieve records of information. They also analyze how to maintain security of the database.
Systems analysts act as liaisons between the user and the programmer. They assess the users' needs and develop a detailed design that represents the best solution for the existing problems.
Technology has allowed for new ways to communicate and to share information that is stored within different computer systems. A networking specialist develops the tools necessary to create and maintain this communication, with responsibility for hardware and software design to create tools such as a Local Area Network (LAN), a Wide Area Network (WAN), or Intranet.
Consulting firms typically provide systems or information technology services to their clients. Consultants will advise clients on the design of new systems and will assist in the installation of such programs.
Web sites are used for marketing, sales, communications, public relations, and training, just to name a few. Web applications, on the other hand, have evolved into sophisticated computing tools that not only provide stand-alone functionality to the end user, but also have been integrated with corporate and governmental databases and applications. Careers in web development range from building simple web sites, to dynamic web sites, to sophisticated web applications. The range of organizations seeking web developers is extremely diverse.
Contact an Advisor
The best way to learn about matching your interests with the requirements for the CIS major is to schedule a visit with an academic adviser. Contact Susan Hooks: Office: BA 203 - Main Floor; Phone: (208)282-3448; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.