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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.Education
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.Advancement
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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Hispanic or Latino9.5%
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University of Phoenix21.4%
George Washington University4.7%
Pennsylvania State University4.5%
Virginia Commonwealth University4.2%
George Mason University4.2%
Florida State University4.2%
University of Pittsburgh -4.2%
San Diego State University4.0%
University of South Florida3.8%
University of Florida3.8%
New York University3.5%
Arizona State University3.5%
University of Southern California3.5%
University of Utah3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Master Data Manager||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Mar 23, 2016||$187,000|
|Enterprise Data Manager||Puget Sound Energy Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Jul 12, 2015||$176,500|
|Data Science Manager||Uber Technologies Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 08, 2016||$165,000|
|Software Manager-Big Data||Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Mar 02, 2015||$156,500|
|SR Data Insights Manager||Yahoo! Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Dec 19, 2016||$155,306 -
|Data Insights Manager||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Sep 26, 2016||$155,000|
|Manager, Data & Analytics||Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC||Jacksonville, FL||Nov 10, 2016||$154,898|
|Manager, Data Solutions||Disney Worldwide Services, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Apr 17, 2016||$154,000|
|Manager, IM Data Delivery & Analysis||Pacific Gas and Electric Company||San Ramon, CA||Sep 17, 2015||$152,000|
|Data Architecture Manager||Cognilytics, Inc.||Denver, CO||Feb 04, 2016||$150,010|
|Manager of Data Analytics||Celmatix, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 15, 2015||$150,000|
|Healthcare and Data Manager||Aarete||Chicago, IL||Nov 17, 2016||$149,094|
|Data Analysis Manager||Capital One Services II LLC||Rolling Meadows, IL||Oct 14, 2015||$116,400 -
|Data Science Manager||IBM Corporation||New York, NY||Dec 14, 2016||$115,800 -
|Business Data Science Manager||Salesforce.Com Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 20, 2016||$115,211|
|Manager, Data Science||Saavn, LLC||New York, NY||Aug 22, 2016||$115,000|
|Data Analysis Manager||Capital One Services II LLC||Chicago, IL||Apr 25, 2016||$114,400 -
|Data Analysis Manager||Capital One Services II LLC||Rolling Meadows, IL||Apr 06, 2016||$114,400 -
|Senior Data Analysis Manager||Capital One, National Association||McLean, VA||Jan 26, 2015||$114,400 -
|Data Manager||Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.||New Haven, CT||Nov 18, 2016||$100,300 -
|Manager, Data Analytics||Comcast Cable Communications, LLC||Philadelphia, PA||May 16, 2016||$100,048 -
|Manager, Data Analytics||Comcast Cable Communications, LLC||Philadelphia, PA||Jul 25, 2016||$100,048 -
|Data Analysis Manager||Capital One Services, LLC||Richmond, VA||Dec 22, 2015||$100,000 -
|Manager, Data & Analytics Capabilities||American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||May 12, 2016||$100,000|
|Lead Data Manager||Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation||East Hanover, NJ||Jul 27, 2015||$100,000|
|Data Analysis Manager||Capital One Services, LLC||Richmond, VA||Jan 12, 2015||$100,000 -
|Lead Data Manager||Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation||East Hanover, NJ||Aug 03, 2015||$100,000|
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