Careers Guide

Why Choose a BIS Career?

The demand is real. Each year, 100% of IT students from the Monash University who undertook industry-based learning programs received graduate offers. Businesses are transforming the way they conduct work and are ultimately becoming highly adept, confident and efficient with the use of emerging technologies and information systems. Microsoft, for example, has taken AI technologies to conduct continuous monitoring of Sydney’s newest Waratah Series 2 Trains. It is with such integration of technologies that have driven greater career opportunities in the BIS industry. So, as our lives become more technologically and digitally inclined, the relevance of BIS careers also becomes increasingly relevant. 

Statistics

BIS industries have the potential to provide Australians with an additional $4,000-$15,000 of income per year

The IT industry is among the top 4 industries expected to grow within the next year

There is a projected 27.8% growth in Professional Scientific and Technical Ser- vices roles over the next 5 years

Tech jobs are the 3rd fastest growing in Australia

Undergraduate Pathways

With a major in Business Information Systems, you'll be paving the way to several lucrative and highly sought-after specialist careers. BIS graduates are found in major consulting companies, major technology companies and all large organisations that rely on technology. BISA has provided an overview of some of these career opportunities below and the units offered by the University of Sydney that best support them.

Here are some of the top career paths with a major in Business Information Systems.

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Business Analyst
Average Salary: $95,000AUD

Business Analysts work with key stakeholders to streamline business operations.

While there are a range of specialties that Business Analysts can choose to pursue, a typical business analyst is responsible for identifying business needs, defining business cases, system requirements and project management. A business analyst will cooperate with major stakeholders to develop an effective business solution. These business solutions can include reducing inefficiencies, creating a new product or measuring change value. Ultimately, Business Analysts help to equip companies with the tools to implement and leverage changes.

Year 2 Selective Units:

INFS2020: Business Process Modelling and Improvement

INFS2040: Project Management Foundations

Year 3 Selective Units:

INFS3040: Enterprise Systems and Integrated Business

INFS3050: Business Intelligence for Managers INFS3080: Business Information Systems Projects

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Technology Consultant
Average Salary: $83,000AUD

Technology Consultants create and implement strategic business solutions.

Consulting is one of the most competitive and highly-regarded professions in modern business. As a technology consultant, you advise clients on how to better work with technology to improve their businesses. These primarily include business processes, leveraging new technologies and reducing costs. Many businesses often require complete digital transformations of their entire business model. As the world continues to experience new technological shifts every few years, the demand for technology consultants has increased greatly with firms such as Accenture taking a forefront in consulting sphere.

Year 2 Selective Units:

INFS2020: Business Process Modelling and Improvement

INFS2030: Digital Business Management
INFS2040: Project Management Foundations
INFS2050: Data Governance and Technology Assurance

Year 3 Selective Units:

INFS3040: Enterprise Systems and Integrated Business

INFS3050: Business Intelligence for Managers

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IT Auditor
Average Salary: $82,000AUD

IT Auditors leverage data and software analytics to improve business system performance.

Similarly, to many BIS career paths, IT auditors participate in projects to improve business processes and performance. However, in contrast to business analysts and consultants, IT auditors work more closely with data systems, software programs and information management. Subsequently, this is a profession well-suited to those with a combined BIS and coding background. Almost every major global company now has extensive IT systems, with IT auditors seen in most sectors including finance, technology, compliance and healthcare. An IT auditor’s responsibilities largely include system evaluation, ensuring compliance regulations are met and creating recommendations for system improvement.

 

Year 2 Selective Units:

INFS2020: Business Process Modelling and Improvement

INFS2040: Project Management Foundations

Year 3 Selective Units:

INFS3040: Enterprise Systems and Integrated Business

INFS3050: Business Intelligence for Managers

Compliance Analyst
Average Salary: $74,000AUD

Compliance Analysts protect businesses from legal vulnerabilities regarding technology.

Compliance analysts are responsible for ensuring a business is operating within lawful regulations. Compliance analysts are typically active in many different areas of business, with data governance becoming a significantly growing area. While responsibilities vary according to which industry a compliance analyst operates in, typically they include planning and coordinating the business operations to guarantee compliance. Compliance analysts would also review existing operations and resolve any legal vulnerabilities.

Year 2 Selective Units:

INFS2020: Business Process Modelling and Improvement

INFS2050: Data Governance and Technology Assurance

Year 3 Selective Units:

INFS3040: Enterprise Systems and Integrated Business

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Cybersecurity Architect 
Average Salary: $140,000AUD

Cybersecurity Architects build technological defences to protect business system integrity.

Cybersecurity architects design, build and oversee the implementation of digital security systems within organisations. This often includes building security defences against both network and computer systems which a business uses. In particular, this includes risk assessment and providing technical assistance and guidance to system users. Similar to IT auditing, this role is best suited to graduates with a BIS and coding background. While cybersecurity is a very rewarding profession, they do not typically offer recent graduates a job as it requires previous experience, often gained through other professions such as consulting, engineering and analysis.

Year 2 Selective Units:

INFS2010: People, Information and Knowledge

INFS2040: Project Management Foundations

INFS2050: Data Governance and Technology Assurance

Year 3 Selective Units:

INFS3040: Enterprise Systems and Integrated Business

INFS3050: Business Intelligence for Managers