Information Systems: Diploma Coursework Summary

About this article
An Information Systems diploma will allow you to work in the information technology (IT) field as a computer programmer, webmaster, systems designer, network or database administrator. You will study information systems, database systems, network systems and IT concepts, and will be well prepared for an exciting, well-paid IT career. Read the following article to find out more.
View available schools

Why earn a diploma in Information Systems?

If you'd like a career in the field of Information Technology (IT) but don't want to spend forever in school studying computers when you'd rather be working with them, you can earn a diploma in information systems in just a few semesters. With such a diploma you will be able to start your new IT career sooner rather than later.

Career possibilities

Some of the career opportunities open to you may include working as a computer programmer, systems designer, web page designer, network administrator, or database administrator.

Occupational outlook

There has been a slowdown in the demand for programmers since the Internet's boom days of the late '90s, and the 2006 Occupational Outlook Handbook ( projects growth of 8% or below in the number or employment opportunities available through the year 2014. Opportunities will still be plentiful, however, for programmers whose skills are up-to-date and who have a thorough grounding in the principles of network security - skills and knowledge which will be yours when you have completed your studies for a diploma in information systems.

Salary information

IT professionals are, on the whole, very well paid for their special skills and knowledge. The 2006 Occupational Outlook Handbook ( reports a median annual salary for computer programmers of $62,890, although salaries in the $100,000 per year range are not unheard of. Even entry-level programmers tend to earn annual salaries in the mid-30,000s and above.

Coursework requirements

  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Java
  • Information Systems
  • Database systems
  • Network systems
  • IT Concepts

Skills you will learn

You will learn the computer skills, which will make you an asset to any organization using computers and employing IT professionals. Your knowledge of networking fundamentals, web applications, and information security as well as your skills in writing, testing, and improving programs and applications will make you feel confident working in the areas of web development, design, security, and hosting.