Job growth in the United States has been recently, viewed as dismal by many experts. If you look closer at the job market though, not every sector of business is experiencing a decline in growth. Information Technology within organizations has grown over the years. Relatively new positions in many large organizations have been created in the past 20 years, such as CTO (Chief Technology Officer) and CIO (Chief Information Officer) in response to the growing importance of technology and its components. Generally the CTO answers to the CIO, who answers to the CEO. While keeping up-to-date hardware and software is challenging and crucial, accurate Information Systems and analysis is vital. Information System Management is a specialized field with job growth that has been, and continues to be, on the rise. Technological advancements have allowed for exponential growth in Information Systems, both in size and practicality. Cloud systems have developed into virtually limitless support systems for small and mid-size companies. The increased use of information systems is accompanied by an increased need for information system professionals.
The move from paper records to digital ones unlocked an increased value of information. Years ago the data was available; however, by the time a firm could process the information, often current conditions had already changed; which made the information less valuable. New technology continues to produce limitless functions; the use of Information Systems has become limitless also. Today, when you subscribe to a retailer’s services, your personal information, preferences, and order history are saved and accessed making your purchases more convenient and even making personalized marketing suggestions for future purchases. Databases are used in every aspect of business now-a-days, manufacturing, inventory, sales and marketing, and human resources. It only makes sense that the need for managers of these systems has increased and continues to increase correspondingly with the boundless uses of Information Systems, created by the advancements in technology.
In the “paper” days, storage was limited by physical space. As technology moved us away from brick and mortar requirements, our limits were bound by storage capacity and access. Storage capacity has grown exponentially, along with processor speeds that help with access. Large companies have moved from housing buildings for document storage to rooms for servers, which can be accessed by the individual departments via networks. Technology has taken us even beyond the need for large servers with the development of Cloud services. I recently had a conversation with an owner of a small research company, who uses a local server for network storage and access and a Cloud System for storage of the required medical information. The Cloud Database meets the security requirements without a large up-front hardware investment and allows his small company to have access to advanced database services. A company of less than 25 employees is now able to compete in a market that was once reserved for large organizations.
Job growth in Information Systems has not slowed, if anything more jobs are being created regularly. New capabilities of integrating IS with customer services and accessibility of these systems to mid-size and small businesses is expanding the uses of information systems. This is part of the reason that job growth in Information Systems is predicted to increase faster than the average growth of all occupations. There are more uses for IS now than ever before and the potential that is available for the future evolution of IS has become limited only by an organization’s imagination. Information System managers are needed to keep up with the changing capabilities of data processing. The need for managing information is crucial to a business’ success. Most Colleges and Universities offer bachelors and masters degrees in Management/MIS for specialized education in the escalating field of Information System Management.