Information Systems: Diploma Coursework Summary

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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.
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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 (www.BLS.gov) 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 (www.BLS.gov) 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.

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Information Technology
      • MBA: Project Management
      • MS in Information Technology - Business Intelligence and Analytics
      • MSM in Information Technology
      • Master : Business Admin
    Bachelor's
      • BSBA in Information Systems Management
      • BBA: Project Management
      • BS in Health Information Management
    Associate's
      • AASBA in Information Processing
      • Associate: Business Admin.
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Business Admin - Management Information Systems
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Management Information Systems
      • PhD-TIM - Information Systems
      • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
      • PhD in Business Admin - Management of Engineering and Technology
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Management of Engineering and Technology
    Master's
      • MBA - Management Information Systems
      • Master of Business Admin - General Business
      • MBA - Management
      • MBA - Management of Engineering and Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    3. The University of Scranton

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Campus and Online Programs
    4. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. - Internet Marketing
      • Master of Science - Business Intelligence
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Music Business
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
      • Master of Science in Government Analytics
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Wake Forest University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters in Business Analytics (MSBA)
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Management / Computer Information Systems
      • B.S. in Computer Information Systems
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Business Administration - Technology Management
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma

Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • MBA - Information Technology
  • BSBA in Information Systems Management
  • AASBA in Information Processing

Which subject are you interested in?

Northcentral University

  • PhD in Business Admin - Management Information Systems
  • Doctor of Business Admin - Management Information Systems
  • MBA - Management Information Systems
  • Master of Business Admin - General Business

What is your highest level of education?

The University of Scranton

  • MBA - Enterprise Resource Planning

What is your highest level of education?

Full Sail University

  • M.S. - Internet Marketing
  • Master of Science - Business Intelligence
  • B.S. - Music Business

What is your highest level of education?

Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Government Analytics

What is your highest level of education?

Wake Forest University

  • Masters in Business Analytics (MSBA)

What is your highest level of education completed?

Georgetown University

  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management

What is your highest level of education completed?

Post University

  • B.S. in Management / Computer Information Systems
  • B.S. in Computer Information Systems

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