Computer Information Systems


CIS studentWhat will I do on the job?

Depending on the specialization of your choice, you could be employed as a Junior Programmer, Software Tester, Network Administrator, Computer Support Specialist, IT Tech Support, Web Developer, or a myriad of other specialties and job titles.

What skills will I use on the job?

PCC’s program is designed to develop your skills in areas such as organization and communication, business-oriented programming languages, working as part of a team of users and technicians, structured design methodology and using the computer as a business problem-solving tool.

How much can I earn?

Salary and benefit packages vary greatly between employers with many companies offering outstanding health, dental, life and retirement benefits.

According to, these are the average 2017 salaries for the Portland metro area:

  • Help Desk/Tech Support: $46,841 - $59,318 with $52,429 average
  • Software Tester: $29,445 - $39,549 with $36,773 average
  • Database Administrator 1: $58,498 - $76,611 with $65,905 average
  • Web Developer: $21,000 – $91,000 with $53,302 average

How competitive is the labor market?

According to the Bureau of Labor, information technology is the fastest growing sector in the economy with a projected 18% increase in jobs in the next 6 years. The greater your combination of experience & education, the more competitive you will be in this thriving labor market. For assistance with finding resume-building opportunities (cooperative education, internships, part or full-time employment) contact the CIS Jobs and Internships Specialist, Ava Stevens. The Specialist provides free coaching in effective resumes, cover letters, applications & interviews and other success strategies.

Some of the employers that have hired our graduates include:

  • Nike
  • OHSU
  • US Bancorp
  • NWEA
  • NuMedics
  • Safeway
  • VTM Group
  • Corvel
  • Aerotek
  • Intel
  • Precision Castparts
  • Mentor Graphics
  • Marketo
  • City of Portland
  • SAIF Corp
  • MODA Health
  • Portland Public Schools
  • CDK Global
  • Viewpoint
  • Yahoo
  • Comcast
  • PacifiCorp
  • Cisco
  • Zapproved
  • Kannact
  • Cambia Health
  • Kaiser
  • Quicken Loads
  • PCC