Business and Information Technology

Business and Information Technology Overview

Business and Information Technology Curriculum

What is Business and Information Technology?

BIT students use information technology to solve business problems. This requires more than technical skills. Our program also emphasizes work place skills like business concepts, critical thinking, communications, working with people, project management, and thinking strategically about technology.

What can I do with a Business and Information Technology degree?

BIT students receive a degree in business management. They can pursue a career that emphasizes either business or technology. Graduates often work as business applications developers, systems analysts, project leaders, database and network administrators, business consultants, and information systems managers.


Career Opportunities

Graduates in the Business and Information Technology (BIT) option hold a variety of positions in business, industry and government services. Among those positions and careers, we have graduates employed in general management, computer programming, business system analysis and design, user training and education, computer software/hardware sales, computer store management, microcomputer specialists, database management, EDP auditing, business consulting services, data communications, and office automation system.

Employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to grow 17 percent over the 2008-18 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. New applications of technology in the workplace will continue to drive demand for workers, fueling the need for more managers. To remain competitive, firms will continue to install sophisticated computer networks and set up more complex intranets and websites. They will need to adopt the most efficient software and systems and troubleshoot problems when they occur. Computer and information systems managers will be needed to oversee these functions.

Graduates in management information systems have been placed with the following employers:

  • Accenture
  • Burlington Industries, Inc.
  • CIGNA Health Care
  • Cracker Barrel
  • DeRoyal Industries
  • Ernst & Young
  • First American Bank/Amsouth
  • HCA, Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corp.
  • Milliken & Company
  • Provident Life Insurance
  • Roadway Packaging Systems
  • Southwestern Publishing
  • State of Tennessee
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
  • TRW-VSSI
  • Willis Corroon

Some of the companies hiring students as interns include:

  • Bellsouth Applied Technologies
  • Carrier Corporation
  • CIGNA Health Care
  • Eaton Aeroquip
  • Fleetguard, Inc.
  • Hartford Insurance
  • Nortel Networks
  • Willis Corroon

The following are common position titles held by management information systems graduates:

  • Systems Analyst
  • Programmer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Systems Support Representative
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems Manager
  • Information Resources Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
  • Support Specialist

Wages of computer and information systems managers vary by specialty and level of responsibility. Median annual wages of these managers in May 2008 were $112,210. The middle 50 percent earned between $88,240 and $141,890. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of computer and information systems managers in May 2008 were as follows:

  • Software publishers
  • Computer systems design and related services
  • Management of companies and enterprises
  • Depository credit intermediation
  • Insurance carriers

In addition to salaries, computer and information systems managers, especially those at higher levels, often receive employment-related benefits, such as expense accounts, stock option plans, and bonuses. “Information courtesy of the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics”

For additional information on career placement and internships contact your advisor and career services.


Student Organizations

THE ASSOCIATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS (AITP)

Advisor: Dr. F. Stuart Wells
Office: JH 333, 372-3334
E-mail: swells@tntech.edu

Students interested in a career in business computing and information systems may join this organization. In general, Business Management, Business and Information Technology Option students comprise the majority of the membership, but freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior business students are encouraged to join.


FAQ

What is BIT?

While there is a wide array of definitions for Business and Information Technology, the most understandable is to consider the role of an BIT major to be similar to an architect. As an BIT major, you would be responsible for taking system requests from a client, developing a design for the requested system, and overseeing the building and implementation. Majoring in BIT empowers you to create and manage systems that keep businesses operating day-to-day and positions you as a key employee in the workplace.

Why major in BIT?

Choosing a major is one of the most important decisions you will make in your college career. If you think about it, you are deciding what career field you will work in for the rest of your working life. One of the great things about BIT is the fact that the field is currently growing and expected to grow for quite some time. BIT is also one of the more versatile degrees because you can choose to focus on the more technical side of the degree or you can choose the managerial side of the degree. Ultimately, BIT puts you in control of your career instead of your career in control of you.

What are the Job Opportunities in BIT?

One concern for students is the job opportunities for a field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted the 30 fastest growing occupations. Five of these are in the BIT field and are expected to grow between 28 percent and 53 percent. All of the BIT occupations require a bachelor’s degree and are ranked in the top 25 percent of median salaries (see the attached sheet). In addition, Payscale.com identified BIT as the twelfth highest starting salary of all college degrees at $51,900 (nationwide). This is the highest starting salary of any business degree listed.

Is BIT the right choice for me?

The BIT field is full of diverse people making a difference every day, yet they share similarities among one another. Do any of these describe you?

  • I enjoy solving problems
  • I like working with people
  • I can think strategically about technology
  • I would enjoy the responsibility of developing and implementing ideas I created
  • I would enjoy bridging the gap between the realms of business and technology
  • I am able to see both the details of a situation as well as the big picture
  • I am a good communicator
  • I can manage time and resources well

If any of the above describes you, then BIT has something to offer you!

What can I do with my degree in BIT?

From a Database Administrator to a Systems Analyst, there are a wide variety of job titles you can seek with your BIT degree. By giving you the tools you need to enhance your communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, the degree will ensure you have the knowledge to handle the most difficult situations. Your future could involve programming applications, developing network infrastructure, or managing critical company databases. The versatility of an BIT degree and the continuously changing information technology field allows for you to explore new and exciting job opportunities every day.

Why BIT at Tennessee Tech?

The BIT program at Tennessee Tech is focused solely on you! Even thoughTennessee Tech’s enrollment exceeds 11,500, more than half our classes have fewer than 25 students and are taught by professors who are more than willing to help you. Our classes offer hands-on experience and assignments that promote teamwork and communication. The College of Business atTennessee Tech is an internationally accredited AACSB institution, meaning you can rest assured your program is of high caliber. In addition,Tennessee Tech has consistently been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys. Overall, we are committed to providing you with the best possible experiences and education in order to add the most value to your resume and future career.

What if I need help with my studies?

One of the cornerstones of a good education is making sure you understand the material and concepts presented in class. College can be a difficult experience; however our professors and fellow students are here to help you succeed! Our professors realize you are here to learn and will take the extra time needed to ensure you understand the concepts and material. Also, our students are some of the most helpful around. You can feel confident you will find help when you need it.

What is AITP and should I get involved?

YES! AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) is a great organization. It will allow you to meet many other BIT majors. The other students may offer informal help on the BIT classes. You can interact with students in other classes. Many times, graduating seniors come back to recruit students the following year. By meeting them early, you will help yourself in the interviewing process. In addition, AITP brings in a guest speaker to talk about career options. This lets you learn more about what "really" happens in the BIT industry.

When should I start thinking about the job search?

It is never too early to start thinking about the job search. Usually many students start looking for a job the summer before they graduate. You should always have a current resume.

Should I do an internship?

Most definitely. An internship is a great way to get additional skills that complement your formal classroom education. Internships should help you to get a better job when you graduate.

Do I get credit for internships?

You can receive up to 3 credit hours for internships. Please see Dr. Curtis Armstrong for more information. You can contact him at dsm@tntech.edu.

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