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1 Preparing for Careers in Business-IT: CIS Major and IT Minor CIS Presents Prof. Jennifer Xu November 6, 2007

2 Myths about IT Jobs n IT professionals work alone They do not – a major part of an information system specialist’s job is to understand what others do in business and how information systems can help them do their jobs better Most IT work is teamwork these days – even programming n IT professionals only talk to computers Good communication skills are a critically important requirement for IT professionals n All IT jobs are moving overseas Only the most boring and repetitive tasks are systematically being moved to lower-cost locations – you wouldn’t want these jobs, anyway

3 Myths about IT Jobs n I’m interested in business – why should I care about technology Information technology is the engine of every modern business n There will be others who understand technology and will take care of it – I don’t need to IT decisions are too critical to be entirely delegated to technology experts – as a business leader, you need to understand what you want to achieve with technology n IT is boring As an IT professional, you solve critically important business problems – do you really think this is boring?

4 Ten Best Jobs in America 1. Software Engineer 2. College Professor 3. Financial Adviser 4. Human Resource Manager 5. Physician Assistant 6. Market Research Analyst 7. Computer IT Analyst 8. Real Estate Appraiser 9. Pharmacist 10. Psychologist Source: Money Magazine and

5 Software Engineer n “Why it's great: Software engineers are needed in virtually every part of the economy, making this one of the fastest- growing job titles in the U.S.” n 10-year growth: 46% n Average annual new job openings: 44,800 Source: Money Magazine and

6 Computer IT Analyst n “Why it's great: Seems like the entire world is at the mercy of information technology folks, thanks to the rapid spread of computers and swell of the Internet. And all of these jobs pay well, from desktop support technician to Webmaster to database wonk.” n 10-year growth: 36% n Average annual new job openings: 67,300 Source: Money Magazine and

7 Number of Computing Jobs Is Going Up Fast 20042014% change Computer systems analysts48764031.4% Computer and information systems managers 28035325.9% Computer software engineers, applications 46068248.4% Network systems and data communications analyst 23135754.6% Total, all professional-level IT occupations 3,4034,44030.5% Total, all occupations145,612164,54013.0%

8 An Interesting Fact n 7 out of 10 fastest growing professions in 2004-14 (according to the U.S. Department of Labor) are in IT

9 And the Jobs are Paying Well… 2004 median pay Computer systems analysts$66,640 Computer and information systems managers $92,570 Computer software engineers, applications $74,980 Database administrators$60,650 Network systems and data communications analyst $60,600

10 Bentley Fact n In 2006, the CIS major had the second highest average starting salary: $51,500 n What about 2007?

11 Bentley Fact in 2007 NON FIVE-YEAR STUDENTS MeanMedianMinimumMaximum CS Annual Salary 61,09157,50052,500102,000 Signing bonus 6,500 3,00010,000 Additional compensation 24,87512,2505,00070,000 Salary and Bonus 64,63660,50052,500102,000 Salary, Bonus, & Add Comp 73,68266,00057,500137,500 All Majors Annual Salary 47,50049,110

12 Business-IT Programs at Bentley n CIS Major This major prepares you for a successful business career as a technology expert Allows you to provide immediate value for your employer by integrating business and technology into business solutions Focuses on application development, IT infrastructure, data management, and modeling with the intent to create high- value adding business solutions

13 Business-IT Programs at Bentley n CIS Major Jobs: Business analyst, systems analyst, information architect, application architect, software developer, IT consultant, IT risk analyst Forms an excellent foundation for a versatile long-term business career

14 Start the CIS Major With These n CS150 Introduction to Data and Information Management n CS180 Programming Fundamentals n CS240 Business Processing and Communications Infrastructure Take these as early as possible – CS150 and one of the others can be used toward the minor if you decide not to continue the major The entire major consists of eight courses

15 Two Additional Required Courses in the CIS Major n Data management: CS350 n Systems analysis & design: CS360

16 Electives for CIS Majors: Select Three n Object-oriented systems development: CS280 n Software development for the Web: CS380 n IT infrastructure: CS440 n Software project management: CS460 n Infrastructure management/Linux: CS420 n Internship: CS421

17 CIS Major

18 Business-IT Programs at Bentley n IT Minor An excellent combination with any major Strengthens your value for prospective employers in any profession Improves your skills in data and systems analysis and business problem solving Helps you understand how technology can be used in your area(s) of expertise

19 The Minor Has These Courses n CS150 Introduction to Data and Information Management n CS213 World Wide Web n CS359 Business Information Systems Analysis & Design n CS476 E-Business Infrastructure and Policy

20 IT Minor CS150 Intro to Data and Information Mgmt CS213 World Wide Web CS359 Bus Info Systems Analysis & Design CS476 E-business Infrastructure and Policy A&S Bus

21 Another Excellent Business-IT Opportunity n Our graduate MSIT program as a five-year program n Combine depth in IT with any major and earn a Master’s in a year after your undergraduate degree

22 As a CIS professional, you can work anywhere in the world for any kind of an organization. You can choose from a variety of fields, such as: Consulting Public accounting Information technology Aerospace Insurance Energy Security Finance

23 Graduates build successful careers as: Consultants Business analysts Financial analysts Systems analysts I/S analysts Technology and risk assurance auditors Network administrator Software quality assurance engineer

24 To Sign Up for CIS n For the major or minor See Prof. Doug Robertson in SMI 415 ( n Visit to sign up via the web n Unofficially – Enroll in a course, see how you like it

25 Welcome to CIS! n It builds a great foundation for a long-term business career n It will help you understand the core of modern business n It’s fun, interesting, and exciting! n The jobs pay well

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