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Management information systems (MIS) analyst


"Management information systems", or "MIS", is a general term for the computer systems that provide information about a business' operations. It's also used to refer to the people who manage these systems. Typically, in a large corporation, "MIS" or the "MIS department" often refers to the business' entire network of computer resources. A company's MIS analysts work with the computer programs that provide information on sales, inventories, and other data that would help managers of the corporation, business, or organization.

Management information systems analysts evaluate a business' current systems and programs. They do research, they interview users about their needs, they speak with programmers about projects. The analysts determine the new programs and systems to be developed, they design, write, and monitor the development of the new programs, and they oversee programmers who bring their visions to life. They do so using special computer languages, like Java, Pascal, Visual Basic, and C++, to name a few. These languages are used by analysts and programmers who create, modify, and test the forms, scripts and codes that tell computers what to do. They use the languages to teach the computer how to respond to users and the newly developed programs.

Because they often head up the projects, they must be good at communicating not only in computer languages, but with real people, as well. They need to listen to complaints and suggestions from users, they need to negotiate with clients and senior staff, and they also manage a small staff of programmers, who put their visions into place.

Computers are inescapable. They are everywhere. Children use them to research for school projects, adults use them to file their taxes and pay the bills. Computers and their programs connect us in many ways, and nearly all industries require the expertise of a management information systems analyst in order to keep up with the changing world.
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In order to be a successful management information systems analyst, you should have lots of experience with all aspects of information systems, including hardware, software, and computer systems and processes. You should know about programming languages and techniques. You should have a genuine love for computers and computer capabilities. You should be methodical, logical, patient, careful, and accurate. You should be adaptable to new things, and work well under pressure. You need to be a good communicator, and be able to work well with others, but also possess the self-discipline and stamina to work on your own when necessary. Due to the seniority of the position, you should be prepared to manage a small staff of programs.

  Typical Tasks  
  • Consult with management and staff on how work is done in an organization
  • Draw up diagrams of how the work is done
  • Make detailed cost estimates of different system options
  • Plan how the programs will fit together
  • Write programs
  • Oversee the system's development, including design, choice of hardware and software
  • Write manuals or explain program's function
  • Run tests to ensure programs and computer systems are working properly
  • Prepare reports on programs
  • Maintain and upgrade programs
  • Solve computer problems for users
  • The typical day for a management information systems analyst will involve working with computers, analyzing, developing, and implementing programs. They will spend some of each day with others, answering questions, explaining how the programs work, and troubleshooting problems with existing programs. The job doesn't allow for much travel, as most of the work can be done from home or a head office, unless they need to examine computers at locations all over their community.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Management information systems analysts can find work just about anywhere that information technology is in use. Software development and consulting companies, government agencies, electronics companies, hospitals, universities, banks and law enforcement agencies are some of the places they could find work. They can also work independently, and contract out their business to different clients.
  • They work regular hours in offices, or set their own hours and work from home, depending on the nature of their employer. They work alone, or in a small team of other programmers and computer staff.

  Long Term Career Potential  
management information systems analysts can specialize in other aspects of computer programming. They can get into computer graphics and web design. There are also jobs in administration, PC support, and web maintenance. Systems analysts can open their own businesses, or write a column or book about computers for the general public. There is also IT instruction, at colleges and universities.

  Educational Paths  
In order to become a management information systems analyst you should complete either a bachelor's degree in computer science or in another discipline with a significant programming and information sytems components, such as mathematics, commerce, or business administration, or a college program in computer science. There are a number of three-year and four-year degree programs, two-year diploma programs and one-year certificate programs in this field offered by universities, colleges, technical institutes, and private vocational schools. You should also consider taking a few psychology and business management courses.

You may also look to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer. This will prepare you to design and develop business solutions with various Microsoft tools and technologies. The exams are available through Microsoft, so it's a good idea to check their websites for information about the certification process.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition,
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002,

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