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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 Latino8.2%
Black or African American0.9%
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University of Phoenix11.7%
New York University7.3%
University of Iowa7.3%
George Washington University5.1%
Ohio State University5.1%
Pennsylvania State University4.4%
University of Southern California4.4%
University of Central Florida4.4%
University of Colorado at Boulder4.4%
Seton Hall University3.6%
University of Arizona3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Director, Application Services||The Capital Markets Company||New York, NY||Sep 16, 2015||$220,000 -
|Managing Director-Application Services||Accenture LLP||San Jose, CA||Aug 11, 2016||$215,000|
|Director, Enterprise Applications||Glassdoor, Inc.||Mill Valley, CA||Jun 06, 2016||$205,000|
|Director, SAP Saas Cloud Delivery Applications Management||Successfactors, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Mar 05, 2016||$200,366|
|Director of Product Management-Cloud Application||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$200,000|
|Director of Application Support Management & Operations||The Gymboree Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Aug 04, 2015||$188,822|
|Director, Application Services for Finance & Supply Chain||Providence Health and Services||Renton, WA||Jun 06, 2016||$185,000|
|Director, Global Business Applications||Atmel Corporation||San Jose, CA||Oct 01, 2013||$180,000 -
|Director, Applications Management (Om/Dm)||Herbalife International||Winston-Salem, NC||Jan 02, 2016||$170,000|
|Director, Applications Management (Om/Dm)||Herbalife International of America, Inc.||Winston-Salem, NC||Sep 01, 2014||$170,000|
|Director, Global Corporate Applications||Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Sep 07, 2012||$168,000|
|Director, Global Corporate Applications||Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Aug 31, 2013||$168,000|
|Director of Cloud Applications||Complete Genomics Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 26, 2011||$166,650 -
|Director of Applications||Alsbridge, Inc.||Addison, TX||Aug 04, 2016||$163,883|
|Director, Mobile Applications||Audible Inc.||Newark, NJ||Dec 01, 2009||$150,000|
|Global Director of Application Delivery||Endochoice, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Dec 23, 2015||$149,760|
|Director, Applications Architecture||Americold Logistics, LLC||Atlanta, GA||Nov 02, 2016||$149,760 -
|Director, ERP Applications||Jackson Family Enterprises||Santa Rosa, CA||Nov 03, 2016||$148,740|
|Director, Business Applications||Ids USA Inc.||Mira Loma, CA||Dec 26, 2009||$148,000|
|Director of Oracle Applications||Newpark Resources, Inc.||The Woodlands, TX||Apr 18, 2011||$145,000|
|Director, Application Architecture||Americold Logistics, LLC||Atlanta, GA||Oct 15, 2014||$143,000|
|Director Applications||Electronic Arts Inc.||Austin, TX||Sep 24, 2012||$132,970|
|Director, Business Applications||Storeroom Solutions, Inc.||Radnor, PA||Mar 24, 2015||$132,000|
|Director of Technical Applications||GFA Brands, Inc.||Paramus, NJ||Dec 01, 2016||$132,000|
|R and D Solidworks Drawings and MBD Applications Director||Dassault Systemes Solidworks Corporation||Waltham, MA||Jan 07, 2016||$131,850 -
|Director, Enterprise Business Application||Armored Autogroup, Inc.||Danbury, CT||Dec 21, 2016||$130,000 -
|Director of Application Solutions||Creehan & Company||PA||Oct 01, 2015||$130,000|
|Director of Sotware Applications||Adteractive Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 16, 2011||$130,000|
|Director, Application Devel (BUS Intelligence Serv||Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC||New York, NY||Jan 20, 2014||$130,000 -
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