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Become A Chief Technology Officer In San Francisco, CA

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Working As A Chief Technology Officer In San Francisco, CA

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $134,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Technology Officer Do

A Chief Technology Officer ensures that a company's technologies are used to create business advantages, such as increasing revenues or reducing costs. Another role is to conduct research to improve the technological assets of a company.

How To Become A Chief Technology 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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Real Chief Technology Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Technology Officer Modcloth, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 28, 2017 $320,000
Chief Technology Officer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 09, 2017 $320,000
Chief Technology Officer Rocketspace Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 09, 2016 $292,000
CTO Stratosmedia Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 15, 2017 $250,000
Chief Technical Officer Stratosmedia Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 15, 2017 $250,000
Chief Technology Officer Insite Applications LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 05, 2016 $240,000
Chief Technology Officer Bugcrowd, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 18, 2017 $227,240
Chief Technology Officer Bugrowd, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 18, 2017 $227,240
Chief Technology Officer and Head of Language Engineering Venga Global Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 07, 2016 $200,500
Chief Technology Officer Hello Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 26, 2016 $200,366

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Top Skills for A Chief Technology Officer


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Top Chief Technology Officer Skills

  1. Technology Infrastructure
  2. Web
  3. Architecture
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Introduce new technology infrastructure to the business as appropriate for growth and success.
  • Managed $3 million budget for resources, web, back-office, and proprietary technology development.
  • Worked with context aware threaded processor architecture.
  • Communicate the company's technology strategy to partners, management, investors and employees.
  • Designed, oversaw and participated in the implemented this software platform product from start to finish.

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