Job outlook strong for CIS graduates

Demand for CIS students equipped with the unique combination of technical aptitude and deep business knowledge has grown in recent years and is projected to increase in the future, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Jobs for CIS graduates are available in just about any industry, from energy and finance to technology and health care.

Lori Leonard, Collins Professor of Computer Information Systems at TU, says, “The rapid change in technological advances has created a need throughout the world for CIS professionals who can identify uses for these new technologies and help implement them within businesses.

Leonard adds that TU continually evaluates its program to ensure the university’s curriculum keeps pace with industry demands, equipping students to meet the current needs of employers.

In fact, it’s not unusual for students in TU’s CIS program to receive job offers before graduating — some even have jobs in place before the start of their senior year.

“The job outlook for CIS and IT in general has been great for a while and is not slowing down anytime soon,” says Sal Aurigemma, assistant professor of Computer Information Systems. “Up to 75 percent of our CIS majors have job offers in hand before they even start their senior year.”

As Chapman Professor of Computer Information Systems Akhilesh Bajaj explains, “In the last 15 to 20 years, we’ve had ups and downs in the economy and issues of outsourcing jobs in the tech sector. However, there really hasn’t been an outsourcing of jobs in CIS because CIS is very human based. Because you’re interacting with a business’s end users, you need to have a deep knowledge of the business functions and of the technology in place — that’s very hard to outsource. The end result is that we have 100 percent placement, and we’ve had that for as long as I can remember.”

Carrie Rollmann (BS ’05, MBA ’08), supervisor of SAP finance for Phillips66, says, “As a recruiter, one of the main things we’ve asked from the TU CIS faculty is for more CIS students. They do a great job coming into our new hire program, and they have successful careers. I think I speak for a lot of different companies when I say that we’d like to see more.”