Are you fascinated by how technology affects people, organisations and societies, and vice versa? Are you one of the first to download and use the latest app? Do you enjoy solving “real world” problems? Then studying Information Systems may be ideal for you.
Though technologies play a vital part in these systems, the focus of Information Systems study is on the design of systems in their entirety and not just the technology components. This is how studying IS differs from Information Technology (IT) or Computer Science. IS professionals have globally relevant knowledge and skills, which are in short supply and high demand.
Systems that allow individuals, organisations and society to gather, store, organise, protect, retrieve, share and make sense of information are called information systems (IS). Information systems provide individuals, organisations and societies the opportunity to do things differently. They are at the forefront of changing the world we live and work in by enabling the 4th Industrial Revolution.
IS professionals and specialists combine their analytical, technical and communication skills to solve problems, identify opportunities and design end-to-end systems for businesses, government, non-profit organisations and individuals. IS developers implement and maintain analysts’ solutions. IS professionals are employed by large organisations, consultancies and specialist technology firms.
The field of Information Systems offers a dazzling array of career options, including Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, Consultant, Analyst Programmer, Application Developer, Technology Architect, Database Administrator, UX/UI Designer, IT Auditor, Project Manager, Change Manager, and Chief Information Officer. IS professionals are found in every sector of the economy and are globally mobile.