This paper compares and contrasts various information systems (IS) job types based on IS faculty perceptions of the skills that comprise each job type. A total of 148 IS academics took part in a skills survey as part of efforts to update of the IS'97 curriculum model (Davis, et al, 1997; Cougar, et al, 1995). IS academics perceive themselves are preparing students for four predominant jobs, the most prevalent one being information systems analyst. The results indicate that individual and team/interpersonal skills are perceived as needing the most depth for each of four job types studied; IS analysts and database analysts are the predominant job specializations perceived among IS faculty; and the network administrator and application developer roles have the most potential as sub-specializations. Future studies must validate these findings against industry perceptions of job types and their skill requirements.
Landry, Jeffrey P.; Longnecker, Herbert E.; Haigood, Brandon; and Feinstein, David L., "Comparing Entry-Level Skill Depths Across Information Systems Job Types: Perceptions of IS Faculty" (2000). AMCIS 2000 Proceedings. 119.