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Online Information Systems Security Degree Programs

As companies go online, become more dependent upon computers, and create larger networks for use within their organization, computer and network security has become a more important issue. Below are two main careers in the computer security field.

Information Systems Security and Career Training

  • Computer Systems Analyst: Computer systems analysts create, analyze, and modify data processing systems to help organize a company's information. They earned a median annual salary of $75,500 in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Network or Computer Systems Administrator: These professionals design and service an organization's local-area networks, wide-area networks, and Internet/intranet systems. They maintain equipment, analyze problems, and may help establish network security. The career continues to grow and computer systems administrators earned a median annual salary of $66,310 in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

If you're interested in the information systems security field, you should look into programs that offer online degrees or college degrees in information technology, computer security, or information science. College degrees, combined with practical experience, can get you a leg up on the competition and into one of these growing fields.

JOB TITLE
AVERAGE SALARY($)
EMPLOYMENT
PROJECTED JOB GROWTH(%)
Information Security Analysts$96,04096,87028.4%
Computer and Information Research Scientists$116,32026,58019.2%
Computer and Information Systems Managers$145,740352,51011.9%
Source: 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all schools must meet the following initial criteria for the specific subject being ranked.

  1. Offer an undergraduate degree (either associate or bachelor’s) in that subject.
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in the most recent year of IPEDS data available.

Based on those criteria, we ranked all 2-year and 4-year schools in IPEDS that reported data for all of the following points. Ratings are calculated on a 10-point scale, using the weights specified.

  1. In-state undergraduate tuition & fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  3. Accessibility, based on admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  4. Institutional spending, based on two equally weighted factors, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
    • Instructional and academic support expenses per full-time enrolled student
    • Instructional and academic support spending as a percentage of all expenses
  5. Student-to-faculty ratio, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  6. Flexibility, based on the following factors, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
    • Percent of students enrolled fully or partly in distance education
    • Whether the school offers programs that can be completed entirely in the evenings and on weekends
    • Whether the school offers academic and career counseling
    • Whether the school offers job placement services for students who complete their programs
    • Whether the school offers any alternative tuition plans, such as a payment plan or guaranteed rate
  7. Size of program, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  8. Related subjects, based on the number of similar topics for programs in relevant CIP codes that are offered at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
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