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Working As A Data Processing 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

  • $104,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Processing 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 Processing 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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Data Processing Manager Career Paths

Data Processing Manager
Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager Information Systems Director
Vice President Information Systems
9 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Executive Director, Information Technology
9 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Service Delivery Manager
Account Delivery Manager
6 Yearsyrs
MIS Manager Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Service Delivery Manager
Global Service Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Information Technology Systems Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Manager
Systems Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Operations Manager Data Center Manager
Director, Data Center Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Corporate Director Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
MIS Manager System Development Manager
Director Systems Development
10 Yearsyrs
MIS Manager Manager Applications Development
Director Of Business Systems
13 Yearsyrs
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Data Processing Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

60.2%

Female

32.7%

Unknown

7.1%
Ethnicity

White

64.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.2%

French

7.1%

Arabic

7.1%

Chinese

4.8%

Russian

4.8%

Italian

4.8%

Portuguese

2.4%

Serbian

2.4%

Ukrainian

2.4%

Tigrinya

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Macedonian

2.4%

Amharic

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Croatian

2.4%
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Data Processing Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.1%

Florida State University

8.6%

Strayer University

5.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.9%

Purdue University

5.3%

New York University

4.6%

Colorado Technical University

4.6%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Texas Tech University

3.9%

Georgia State University

3.9%

University of Iowa

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.9%

Gardner-Webb University

3.3%

National University

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.3%

Nassau Community College

3.3%

Community College of the Air Force

3.3%

Florida Atlantic University

3.3%

Eastern Michigan University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

28.5%

Computer Science

17.2%

Accounting

9.3%

Computer Information Systems

5.1%

Computer Programming

4.2%

Finance

4.0%

Management

3.7%

Information Technology

3.1%

Mathematics

2.9%

Management Information Systems

2.6%

Information Systems

2.5%

Data Processing

2.2%

Psychology

2.2%

Electrical Engineering

1.9%

Education

1.8%

Health Care Administration

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.7%

Project Management

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.7%

Other

24.1%

Masters

14.6%

Associate

12.9%

Certificate

6.1%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.4%
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Highest Paying State
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The national average salary for a Data Processing Manager in the United States is $104,665 per year or $50 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $70,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $156,000.

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Top Skills for A Data Processing Manager

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Data Processing Department
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed all personal computer hardware/software, office furniture and office equipment.
  • Managed daily operations of a data processing department that supported a manufacturing division of over 200 users.
  • Automated accounting functions at eight subsidiary sites by developing conversion procedures, training users and implementing systems communications.
  • Manage Payroll and Data processing for multiple business entities for a manufacturer, machining and transportation operations.
  • Prepared Financial Statements for Controller and Stockholders.

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