Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems is an exciting and ever-changing field of study that is central to the functioning of all aspects of our society, business, government and our personal lives interconnected via the Internet. We are now seeing the convergence of entertainment, telephone, and business systems with common underlying digital platforms. Mobile and wireless connection options are increasing, along with options to access applications and data storage options through the cloud.

Keeping computer systems and resources functioning with the latest technology benefits, and designing future computer systems is a job category that is generating new jobs. Brad Smith, the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Microsoft reports a need to fill thousands of jobs in the areas of computer engineering and software development (Wall Street Journal, 10/19/2012). The demand for qualified employees with skills in network design and management, programming, business application utilization and website development is outpacing the available pool of trained potential employees. Central Arizona College is providing Computer Information Systems classes to address this need in the three program areas of:


1. Networking Administration
2. Programming
3. Microcomputer Business Applications

Consider the job potential in Computer Information Systems for your future! Demand is high and growing!

National and State Employment Trends for Computer Information Systems

National: Computer Systems jobs which include Networking Administration, Microcomputer Applications, Programming, Web Design and Web Development are among the occupations projected to grow the fastest and add the most new jobs over the 2008–18 decade, resulting in excellent job prospects. Workers can enter this field with many different levels of formal education, but relevant computer skills are always needed. Job prospects will be best for applicants with a bachelor’s or higher degree and relevant experience. Employment is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations and add 286,600 new jobs over the 2008–18 decade. Excellent job prospects are expected. [Source: BLS Occupational Handbook 2010]

State of Arizona: Employment for Computer Systems jobs is Arizona is expected to reach six thousand jobs by 2015; employment for Computer Software Engineers will represent eleven thousand jobs by the same year. Students who earn a bachelor’s degree are projected to earn an average annual salary of $57,797. Source Downloaded 10/26/1


Transfer Programs:
The Computer Programming AAS degree has a transfer path to the Northern Arizona University___
The Network Administration AAS degree has a transfer path to University of Arizona ___

For more information on these Computer Information Systems certificates and degrees contact:


Barbara Bushelle - Networking Administration Professor

Michael Bogner - Programming Professor 

Linda Friedel - Microcomputer Business Applications Professor

Melinda Kohut - Web Design and Web Development Professor

Gainful Employment Disclosure for those in the field of Computer Programming

Gainful Employment Disclosure for those in the field of Microcomputer Business

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