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The Job Description of an MIS Officer
A management information systems (MIS) officer is responsible for planning, development and implementation of hardware, software applications, programming and systems network and integration of a management information system or enterprise network. The MIS also has personnel, branch and supervisory responsibilities as well as creating plans for the use of telecommunications integration with existing information systems.
A management information systems officer works closely with a chief information systems officer (CIO) and Information systems manager. Together, they review the needs of the company; employees and customers related to information management, data processing and distributed processing for end users. The management information systems officer establishes budgets for hardware and software. In collaboration with a data security officer, the MIS officer establishes procedures and standards for access to data processing facilities and the data itself.
The MIS officer must have excellent supervisory skills and must be able to communicate with management and users topics relating to the operation of an MIS system. The individual must also have excellent knowledge of enterprise networks and systems, consisting of mainframe and midrange computers, IT hardware and infrastructure support, microcomputer management, data management and security. Strong problem-solving and analytical skills are needed in this occupation.
According to PayScale, the annual median salary for a MIS officer with 10 to 19 years of experience is $99,236 to $163,509. In most organizations, the MIS officer pay is equivalent to a chief information officer or chief technology officer.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupation Outlook Handbook for 2010-2011, demand for MIS officers was expected to grow 16 percent from 2008 to 2018. Growth is due to emerging technologies in the area of information systems and new technologies involving web integration and application development for various operating systems and platforms.
The MIS officer must be a highly knowledgeable in information systems theory and configuration. Most MIS officer candidates have a master's degree or doctorate in information systems management, computer science or information technology. They also have industry certifications in areas of network administration, information systems audit or systems development.
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