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Become A Chief Information Officer

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Working As A Chief Information Officer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $166,957

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Information Officer Do

A Chief Information Officer supervises the use of information technology (IT) in a company. They supervise internet and computer operations as well as identify user needs and resolve problems.

How To Become A Chief Information Officer

Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, plus related work experience, is required. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.


Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information science–related field. Such a degree usually takes 4 years to complete and includes courses in computer programming, software development, and mathematics. Management information systems (MIS) programs usually include business classes as well as computer-related ones.

Many organizations require their computer and information systems managers to have a graduate degree as well. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is common and takes 2 years beyond the undergraduate level to complete. Many people pursuing an MBA take classes while working, an option that can increase the time required to complete that degree.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most jobs for computer and information systems managers require several years of experience in a related information technology (IT) job. Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience. Directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience. A chief technology officer (CTO), who oversees the technology plan for a large organization, may need more than 15 years of experience in the IT field before being considered for a job.

The number of years of experience required varies with the organization. Generally, smaller or newer companies do not require as much experience as larger or more established ones.

Computer systems are used throughout the economy, and IT employees may gain experience in a variety of industries. However, an applicant’s work experience should be in the same industry they are applying to work in. For example, an IT security manager should have previously worked in information security. A hospital IT director should have experience in the healthcare field.


Most computer and information systems managers start out as lower level managers and advance to higher positions within the IT department. IT directors or project managers can advance to become CTOs. A CTO or other manager who is especially business minded can advance to become a chief information officer (CIO), the person in charge of all IT-related decisions in an organization. CIOs can advance to become top executives in an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. IT managers must be able to analyze problems and consider and select the best ways to solve them.

Business skills. IT managers must develop and implement strategic plans to reach the goals of their organizations.

Communication skills. IT managers must be able to explain their work to top executives and give clear instructions to their subordinates.

Decisionmaking skills. Some IT managers must make important decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach their organizations’ goals.

Leadership skills. IT managers must be able to lead and motivate IT teams or departments so that workers are efficient and effective.

Organizational skills. Some IT managers must coordinate the work of several different IT departments to make the organization run efficiently.

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Chief Information Officer Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Russian

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • Carrier

  • Hindi

  • Hebrew

  • Swedish

  • Gujarati

  • Dutch

  • Urdu

  • Arabic

  • Persian

  • Swahili

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Real Chief Information Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Information Officer, Vice President Cornell University Ithaca, NY Jan 11, 2014 $445,600
Chief Information Officer Treasury Wine Estates Americas Company Napa, CA Apr 01, 2015 $404,787
Chief Information Officer, Business Unit IT Services The Coca-Cola Company Atlanta, GA Nov 16, 2015 $400,000
CIO & Treasurer Drake USA Inc. New York, NY May 15, 2015 $300,000
Chief Information Officer Moduslink Coporation Waltham, MA Jul 06, 2015 $300,000
Chief Information Officer Lineage Logistics ICM, LLC Colton, CA Oct 01, 2015 $275,000 -
Chief Information Officer Assured Guaranty Corp. New York, NY Sep 23, 2014 $275,000
Asst Prof & Asst Chief Medical Information Officer University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, MS Aug 03, 2015 $250,780
Chief Medical Information Officer Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Santa Rosa, CA Jan 15, 2016 $250,106
Chief Information Officer The Jackson Laboratory Bar Harbor, ME Aug 26, 2013 $250,000
Chief Information Officer Lineage Logistics ICM, LLC Colton, CA Jan 22, 2015 $245,000 -
Vice President, Chief Information Officer VCE Company, LLC Richardson, TX Sep 15, 2013 $242,674 -
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Onvia, Inc. Seattle, WA Nov 13, 2015 $196,500 -
Chief Information Officer Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 08, 2013 $192,219
Chief Information Officer Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 22, 2013 $192,219
Chief Medical Information Officer Accountable Care Transactions, Inc. Boston, MA Apr 22, 2016 $190,000
Chief Information Officer, Heinz North America H.J. Heinz Company Pittsburgh, PA Aug 31, 2014 $190,000
Chief Medical Information Officer Accountable Care Transactions, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 26, 2016 $190,000
Chief Medical Information Officer Accountable Care Transactions, Inc. MA Sep 26, 2013 $190,000
Chief Information Officer IPRO Solutions (USA) Inc. Irvine, CA Nov 03, 2014 $165,000
Chief Information Officer IPRO Solutions (USA) Inc. Irvine, CA Oct 20, 2014 $165,000
Chief Information Officer Sybrid Health, LLC Carrollton, TX Jul 07, 2016 $163,883
Chief Information Officer NACA Logistics (USA) Inc. Long Beach, CA Sep 27, 2014 $160,000 -
Manager, CIO Advisory Kurt Salmon Us Inc. New York, NY Aug 22, 2014 $160,000
Chief Information Officer NHIC Holdings, LLC Houston, TX Jul 25, 2016 $157,000
Chief Information Officer Bay Area Credit Service, LLC Antioch, CA Oct 11, 2015 $145,000

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Top Skills for A Chief Information Officer


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Top Chief Information Officer Skills

  1. Network Infrastructure
  2. CIO
  3. Information Technology Governance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Deployed secure network infrastructure to incorporate data encryption to comply with patient confidentiality policy.
  • Key member of global CIO executive team that manages $250m in global IT spend.
  • Organized the Information Technology Governance Committee to evaluate and prioritize IT project requests guided by organizational goals and objectives.
  • Provided financial, technical, political, and economic analyses for classified intelligence programs.
  • Led supplier selection and negotiations for data carriers (MPLS, IP Corporate backbone) both for North America and globally.

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