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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Director of Data Teams||Ziff Brothers Investments, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 16, 2013||$265,000|
|Director of Data Teams||Ziff Brothers Investments, LLC||New York, NY||Apr 24, 2012||$237,500|
|Director of Data||Jet.Com, Inc.||Montclair, NJ||Sep 19, 2015||$200,000|
|Director-Data Warehousing and Presentation (WAP)||Citco Technology Management, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 01, 2014||$200,000|
|Director of Data||Zesty, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 09, 2016||$180,000|
|Director of Big Data||Ascend Learning, LLC||Leawood, KS||Nov 30, 2015||$175,000|
|Director, D&O Data Assurance||Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC||New York, NY||Sep 03, 2015||$170,000 -
|DIR. of Info. Security, Data Privacy, and REG. COM||Teradata Operations, Inc.||Cumberland, ME||Sep 23, 2012||$167,833|
|Director, Ratings Data Assurance||Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC||New York, NY||Nov 11, 2013||$166,000 -
|Director Data Warehouse Business Content||Wellpoint, Inc.||Richmond, VA||Aug 11, 2014||$157,602 -
|Director, Data and Insights||Davies, Pacheco & Murphy Advertising Agency Inc.||Chicago, IL||Jan 11, 2016||$150,259|
|Director, Innovative Data Solutions||Covidien||Mansfield, MA||Oct 20, 2014||$142,854|
|Director, Data Capabilities and Visualization||American Express Travel Related Services Company||New York, NY||May 19, 2014||$141,000|
|Data Science & Analytics, Director||Relayrides, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 27, 2015||$135,000|
|Data Science & Analytics, Director||Relayrides, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 21, 2015||$135,000|
|Director of Data, Reporting and Insights||Accuen, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Aug 04, 2015||$134,638|
|Director of Data Performance & Measurement||Accordant Media, LLC||New York, NY||Nov 19, 2015||$120,000 -
|Director of Data Analysis||Progressive Casualty Insurance Company||Mayfield Heights, OH||Jun 11, 2011||$117,000|
|Director, Data Analysis||National Financial LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Feb 04, 2010||$107,453 -
|Director, Data Analysis||National Financial LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Feb 03, 2011||$103,834 -
|Data Operations, Assistant Director||Moody's Analytics||San Francisco, CA||Jun 29, 2015||$103,730|
|Director, Data, and Insights||Davies, Pacheco & Murphy Advertising Agency Inc.||Chicago, IL||Dec 11, 2016||$100,600 -
|Director of Data Tools||Quid Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 01, 2012||$100,000|
|Director, Data Architecture||Gain Capital Group, LLC||Bedminster, NJ||Aug 07, 2013||$97,094 -
|Director of Data Tools||Younoodle, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2009||$90,000|
|Director of Data Tools||Younoodle Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 01, 2009||$90,000|
|Director of Data Tools||Younoodle, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 14, 2009||$90,000|
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