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Bachelors Degree in CIS...Need Information!

Here is my story:

I am currently a sophomore in college. I recently decided on pursuing a degree in CIS. I have done a lot of research on the CIS degree, and the job market but have not been able to come up with a concrete answer to some questions (which I will ask at the end).

I started my research on the field by interviewing a professor at my university (I also was writing a paper on CIS, so I killed two birds with one stone). In short he told me that CIS majors earn a very nice salary even straight out of college, and it grows from there. He also told me the job market is open for CIS majors and finding a job is no trouble at all.

I looked on the Beaura of Labor Statistics website, and also noted a nice job market, with good starting salaries.

Next I spoke with a family friend, who is a computer scientist, but told me he had a decent idea of CIS. He told me CIS was broad, but with some additional certifications I would be OK.

I also posted a thread on a website I post on frequently, you can read it at: http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=17&f=2765&t=8200685

However, other places I have read have noted weak salaries, saturated job markets, and a CIS degree being nothing more than a fancy help desk qualification. http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=124018501&page=1

I am undoubtedly confused, and want advice from people such as you all, who are actually in the field.

Any, and all advice is very welcome on a degree in CIS, or getting another degree (Computer Science etc. etc.), Please mention anything you feel would be helpful worth knowing.

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When you finish College/Uni

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Bachelors Degree in CIS.. ...

You are just given permission to go out in the world and start to learn your trade.

If you want to go into CIS for the perceived Money forget it you have to love the work to put up with the crap that goes along with the job. Things like lots of after hours work, No Recognition for anything you actually do that works and lots of complaints about what you do not meeting the expectorations of those handing out the work and very poor pay for the hours worked.

It's about the same as a Professor without Tenure lots of work no security and many willing to replace you for less.


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Some pointers

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Bachelors Degree in CIS.. ...

IT is a decent career compared to say handing out food with a smile at a well know burger franchise.

If you want to know about the job market, don't ask someone from academia, they know nothing about it.

Money is cyclical in IT, at the moment we are not popular.

Anyone who tells you what tech will be needed or wanted in IT in the next 6 months is trying to sell you something, in 2 - 4 years time, might as well go to a palm reader.

By all accounts the US is truly crap fior jobs now, and for IT ones even worse.

Only two questions youy need to answer to make your decision, do I want to do IT, and am I prepared to work hard to get what I want. If those are true you'll make it despite the market. If they aren't, IT is the last place you want to be.

I've been doing this stuff since 1987, because my answers were yes and yes, and that's without a degree in anything, getting paid really well for it on those occasions where I've been popular in the market place was a nice bonus.

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