Technologies like search engines that allow people to quickly identify and interpret the most relevant and reliable facts, figures, or files are essential today, given the proliferation of misinformation on the internet and the treasure trove of digital data accessible online.
The influence and prevalence of these kinds of tools gives the academic discipline of information systems many broad applications. There are multiple compelling reasons to pursue an advanced degree in this discipline, according to experts, who suggest that it's important to compare the cost of such a degree with its potential long-term benefits.
Reason No. 1: Marketability and Versatility
"Information systems are how we create, store, and manage the data that we are using to make decisions, provide insights, and create value," says Kathleen Hyde, cybersecurity program director at Champlain College in Vermont, which offers in-person and online classes.
"Pursuing a graduate degree with a specialization in information systems means that you are ready to take your career to the next level and you recognize the important role that information systems play in business, healthcare, education, and the government," Hyde wrote in an email. "Managing an information system requires skills beyond those acquired on the job or through other means because of the complex interactions between people, processes, and technology that take place within organizations against the backdrop of risk, resource constraints, and more."
Information systems are used for a variety of purposes, ranging from the automation of payroll deposits to the collection of clinical trial results; managers overseeing the design and usage of these tools may work not only within the tech sector, but also within other industries such as health care.
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