What can I do with a degree in informatics?
In the next five to ten years, there are expected more than 1,000 IT/IS jobs available in the greater Lafayette area. The demand of IT/IS professionals is extremely high as our 90% of graduating classes always have their job offers before the graduation. The beauty of this degree is that it allows you to dabble with different fields of study, making you more marketable to companies across the world.
In addition to our rigorous curriculum, you can have opportunities to work with local industry and gain good working experience during the program, such as an internship. This is a great opportunity for you to learn some business processes, procedures within the company and also serves an opportunity for the employers to observe your skill level, work ethic, and professionalism. Many of our students are offered positions from the employers with which they intern.
After four years in our informatics program, you can venture into any number of careers. Here are some examples.
- Application Developers translate software requirements into workable programming code and maintain and develop programs for use in business. Most will specialize in a specific development field - such as mobile phone applications, accounting software, office suites or graphics software - and will have in-depth knowledge of at least one computer language.
- Business Intelligence Architect supports the formation of standards and guiding principles necessary to define, assure and govern the creation, enhancement, and evolution of the IT system landscape, facilitating business changes and growth.
- Business Process Analyst provides business process or systems support that may include duties such as root cause analysis, mapping of current processes or systems, iterative problem definition and hypothesized improvement opportunities including facilitation of organizational change and performance measures.
- Database Developer/Administrator is responsible for the performance, integrity and security of a database. They will also be involved in the planning and development of the database as well as troubleshooting any issues on behalf of the users.
- Digital Media Professional will be the primary leader in the use of digital media for marketing, academic support, and campus-supported endeavors. The primary role will involve the development of finished digital media projects, collaborate and act as a mentor with students, and provide input on leading edge digital media hardware and software.
- IT Support Specialist can provide problem solving, trouble shooting, presenting technical information, process improvement, software maintenance, software testing, network design and implementation, load balancing and scalability, vendor relationships, software performance tuning, network performance tuning, database performance tuning.
- IT Business Analyst is the vital link between a firm’s information technology capabilities and its business objectives, skilled business analysts contribute to the profitability of companies large and small, in most every industry.
- IT Project Manager can plan, budget, oversee and document all aspects of the specific project. Project managers may work closely with upper management to make sure that the scope and direction of each project is on schedule, as well as other departments for support. Project management skills include leadership, time management, math and budgeting, analytical skills.
- Network Security Administrator handles all aspects of information security. They inform and administrate users about computer security, check for security violations, install protection software and take action against cyber-attacks.
- SAP ERP Administrator/Analyst assists in analyzing and defining assigned SAP systems or ERP student systems functions and business processes and user needs; participates in the functional configuration, testing, and maintenance of assigned SAP systems or ERP student systems modules according to operational and business needs.
- Web Developer/Designer creates the look, layout and features of a website. The job involves understanding both graphic design and computer programming. Once a website is created, a designer helps with maintenance and additions to the website. They work with development teams or managers for keeping the site up-to-date and prioritizing needs, among other tasks.