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Working As A Data Manager

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $99,348

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Manager Do

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Duties

Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the overall technology strategy of their organizations. They help determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in a separate profile on top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and may be responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies or other research and development activities. When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.  

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

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How To Become A Data Manager

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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Average Length of Employment
Data Manager 3.0 years
Database Manager 2.9 years
Data Administrator 2.9 years
Data Specialist 2.5 years
Data Analyst 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Data Manager
Internship 8.0%
Consultant 5.9%
Manager 5.6%
Analyst 3.3%
Top Careers After Data Manager
Data Analyst 10.2%
Consultant 7.7%
Manager 6.4%
Owner 3.2%
Internship 3.1%
Director 3.0%
Analyst 2.8%

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Data Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

50.2%

Male

47.0%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

11.5%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.3%

French

14.0%

Mandarin

4.1%

German

4.1%

Portuguese

3.5%

Chinese

3.5%

Japanese

2.9%

Gujarati

2.3%

Carrier

2.3%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Norwegian

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Swahili

0.6%

Marathi

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Somali

0.6%
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Data Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.4%

Strayer University

5.5%

George Washington University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

George Mason University

4.5%

Florida State University

4.5%

Boston University

4.3%

Drexel University

4.3%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.3%

University of South Florida

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.0%

Northeastern University

4.0%

New York University

3.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.8%

San Diego State University

3.8%

DePaul University

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.5%

University of Florida

3.5%
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Majors

Business

26.1%

Computer Science

9.2%

Computer Information Systems

6.0%

Psychology

5.6%

Management

5.0%

Accounting

4.6%

Public Health

4.4%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Finance

3.4%

Biology

3.4%

Information Technology

3.2%

Education

3.0%

Marketing

3.0%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.9%

Information Systems

2.9%

Statistics

2.9%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Nursing

2.6%

Economics

2.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.0%

Masters

31.0%

Other

15.8%

Associate

6.9%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Real Data Manager Salaries

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 -
$202,500
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
Manager, Data Warehouse CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Smithfield, RI Jan 06, 2016 $116,850
Data Analysis Manager Capital One Services II LLC Rolling Meadows, IL Oct 14, 2015 $116,400 -
$174,000
Data Science Manager IBM Corporation New York, NY Dec 14, 2016 $115,800 -
$240,600
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
Manager, Data Warehouse Test Gartner, Inc. Stamford, CT Jun 10, 2016 $114,723
Senior Data Analysis Manager Capital One, National Association McLean, VA Jan 26, 2015 $114,400 -
$148,500
Manager, Analytics & Data Science Eventbrite, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 12, 2016 $100,381 -
$145,000
Data Manager Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. New Haven, CT Nov 18, 2016 $100,300 -
$133,800
Manager, Data Analytics Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Jul 25, 2016 $100,048 -
$120,000
Manager, Data Analytics Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA May 16, 2016 $100,048 -
$120,000
Global Data Partnership Manager TNS Us Ltd New York, NY Apr 27, 2016 $100,000
Manager, Performance Data & Analytics Thomson Reuters Markets LLC New York, NY Aug 21, 2015 $100,000
Manager, Data & Analytics Capabilities American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. Phoenix, AZ May 12, 2016 $100,000
Master Data Manager Diamond Foods San Francisco, CA Feb 24, 2015 $100,000

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Top Skills for A Data Manager

  1. Database
  2. Data Management Activities
  3. Procedures
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  • Spearheaded and implemented two projects to facilitate optimal management of clinic activities: participant tracking database and file scanning system.
  • Contracted to Parke-Davis/Warner Lambert, Responsible for data management activities for clinical phase 2-phase 4 studies, verification and data cleaning
  • Worked with different business lines throughout operations to communicate process improvements and reinforce procedures and to reduce privacy breaches.
  • Formatted computer databases to allow data entry required by protocol.
  • Produced daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly standard and custom reports using SQL, MS Access and MS Excel.

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