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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, Network Planning||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Sep 23, 2013||$210,000|
|EA Mobile-Director, Network Acquisition||Electronic Arts, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 12, 2015||$206,731|
|Global Practice Director-Network||Urban Science Applications, Inc.||Detroit, MI||Dec 15, 2015||$206,000|
|Director, Network Acquisition-Mobile||Electronic Arts, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 01, 2014||$190,000|
|Director, Networking, Security & Mobile Workforce Solutions||Columbus Networks USA (2015), Inc.||North Miami Beach, FL||Jun 15, 2015||$180,000|
|Director, Network Analytics||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||San Bruno, CA||Mar 08, 2013||$180,000|
|Director of Network Solutions-Mobile Broadband||Futurewei Technologies, Inc.||Bridgewater, NJ||Jan 05, 2011||$175,000|
|Director of Cloud Network Operations||Risk Management Solutions, Inc.||Newark, CA||Jun 17, 2015||$175,000 -
|Director of Networking and Security||HPM Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$170,000|
|Director of Network Software||Mimosa Networks Inc.||Campbell, CA||Oct 14, 2013||$170,000|
|Director, Embarq Global Network||World Resources Institute||Washington, DC||Jun 15, 2014||$170,000 -
|Director, Global Network||AIG Global Services, Inc.||Livingston, NJ||Oct 01, 2010||$166,000|
|Global Practice Director-Network||Urban Science Applications, Inc.||Detroit, MI||Sep 22, 2014||$165,000 -
|Director, Global Network OPS Support||Equinix, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$165,000|
|HDI Director of Operations and Sub-Contractor Networks (SCN)||Us Remodelers, Inc.||Boca Raton, FL||Jan 08, 2016||$162,406 -
|Director of Network Solutions||Gainspeed, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||May 01, 2015||$160,000 -
|Director Infrastructure Network Operations||RH Us, LLC.||Corte Madera, CA||Mar 10, 2016||$160,000|
|Director of Global Network Architecture||Jump Operations, LLC||Chicago, IL||Aug 09, 2016||$157,019 -
|Director of Network and Security||Rocketspace Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 11, 2016||$156,000|
|Director, Networking, Security & Mobile Workforce||Columbus Networks USA, Inc.||North Miami Beach, FL||Nov 15, 2014||$150,000|
|Director of Global Network Architecture||Jump Operations||Chicago, IL||May 01, 2016||$143,000 -
|Director, Wireless Network Operations||GCI Communication Corp.||Anchorage, AK||Mar 29, 2016||$140,000|
|Director, Wired Home Area Networking||Ikanos Communications, Inc.||Fremont, CA||Sep 09, 2010||$125,133 -
|Director of Network Operations Center||Green Dot Corporation||Monrovia, CA||Oct 19, 2009||$125,000|
|Sparq Training Network Director||NIKE, Inc.||Beaverton, OR||Dec 12, 2011||$125,000|
|Director, Network Operations||Sensity Systems Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 15, 2014||$125,000|
|Managing Director, Network and Fleet Strategy||American Airlines, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Aug 22, 2016||$123,843 -
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