Information Systems Careers Are the New Frontier of Big Data

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Are you looking to capitalize off of your knowledge of big data? There are a lot of careers that talented data scientists can pursue. Information systems careers are among the most promising.

IBM Big Data and Analytics Hub has talked about some of the biggest changes impacting the world of big data. They found an interesting quandary that many companies are facing. Despite the massive impact big data has had on our world, only 23% of companies currently have a big data strategy.

Information systems specialists will play an important role in building data strategies for growing companies. They will want to get in on the ground floor of these businesses and utilize their big data skillsets to help these companies grow.

Big Data is Driving New Growth in the Information Systems Job Market

One of the greatest innovations in the history of the world, is the invention of the printing press, in 1438. This monumental creation started a ripple effect of industrial advancement. Over the past 40 years, technology has become the “printing press” of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Big data has been built on the foundations that this older technology created. The first computers were modeled after the printing press, as was all technology it was built on.

We now live in a world where global communication is instantaneous. We have many dedicated information professionals to thank for the innovations that we have seen in big data technology. However, the road doesn’t stop with these improvements. There is still a technological frontier that needs to be forged. In the field of information systems, career options are virtually limitless, as big data becomes more ingrained in our lives. Could there be a job that is perfect for you?

Careers and Salaries

After receiving a bachelor of science in information systems, there are several great careers that are available almost instantly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is an estimated growth of 12% over the next 8 years. The various careers include Cloud Computing Engineers, big data scientists, Computer Support Specialists, and Information Technology Analysts, just to name a few. For more job descriptions you can click here.

Before we look at the salaries, there are some pretty cool perks that are typically found in major IT departments. In fortune 500 companies, such as Google, Facebook, and more, you will find a very cozy workplace that requires IT specialists with a background in big data. Thanks to “workplace coordinators” there are benefits like fully stocked kitchens, in-house gyms, and even gourmet restaurants! Some speculate that these perks are there to lure future employees in and to keep them in the office longer. Either way, that is a pretty cool plus to choosing to work in information technology.

Computer systems analysts exist to help different organizations create information systems, as well as implement them into everyday use. The average salary, according to BLS, is almost $89,000.

Software developers have some of the most unique roles in the IT world. They customize applications and systems that are used by system engineers and computer programers. Creating and developing new software(s) generates a great salary, as it should; with an average of about $105,000 per year.

Lastly, let’s look at the role of a computer and information systems manager. This position is perfect for those who prefer to have a managerial-type position. From planning, arranging, and managing IT operations, for your employer, to helping execute company goals; this role demands a lot of time, energy, and patience. This position has one of the highest median salaries; coming in at a little of $142,000.

Kickstart Your IT Career as a Data Expert

Big data has opened new doors for IT experts around the world. The first step to starting your IT career is to decide which job best suits you, and then go on from there. It is important to remember the need for IT professionals and to be inspired to be a part of another great revolution. You will also need to understand the different types of data technology and use them to your advantage.

Ryan Kade is the editor overseeing contributed content at Smartdata Collective and contributes weekly column.