IS GrowthHigh Demand

Pursuit of a career in information systems (IS) opens bright new horizons in many areas. Most organizations of any size depend on a range of information systems technologies, including a growing demand for cybersecurity and analytics, in order to conduct their business. Delivering these technologies is the purview of IS professionals. These professionals are currently in short supply, and Department of Commerce studies indicate that this shortfall is expected to continue well into the future.

Job Market Readiness

The Information Systems program at UAB has an IS Advisory Council consisting of elite IS professionals, mostly CIO’s from the Birmingham area. This dynamic group of individuals represent some of the largest employers and users of IS professionals, and is a highly valued resource used to insure program study prepares students to meet current and future needs of the industry. .

IS Concentrations Focused on Areas of Highest Demand

UAB’s Information Systems degree offers concentrations developed with input from UAB's IS Advisory Council to help meet the cybersecurity and analytics areas reported in highest demand. Students can specialize through one of these concentrations (Cybersecurity Management and Data Analytics) and be prepared to step into related roles when they graduate.

Careers in Information Systems

The career choices of information systems professionals are broad and varied. At one end of the spectrum there are technical positions developing and managing information and communications hardware and software, as well as business application software. At the opposite end, there are people-oriented technology positions such as helping users in information centers, technical sales or the design and operation of Internet and Intranet applications. In either case, the importance of information technology will offer interesting and challenging opportunities through all levels of organizations.

Plenty of Opportunities

Students will be able to understand the IS profession by taking advantage of opportunities such as AIS chapter meetings, interacting with guest speakers, internships, and attending professional organization's meetings. Students will enhance their ability to promote themselves and have successful job interviews by taking advantage of the career services and internship opportunities. Students can benefit monetarily by taking advantage of the scholarship opportunities. (NOTE: The better students get scholarships, which is another reason for students to focus on academic excellence early in their education). Students can add value to their resume through scholarships, internships, participation in the student chapter of AIS, and seeking other awards and honors. Most of all, students can take advantage of the opportunity to major in a curriculum that was developed by businesses in the greater Birmingham area, in conjunction with the IS faculty.