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Working As A Director Of Informatics

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $168,520

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Informatics 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 Director Of Informatics

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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Director Of Informatics Demographics

Gender

Male

48.9%

Female

47.2%

Unknown

3.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

German

25.0%

French

25.0%

Director Of Informatics Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.1%

Walden University

13.1%

University of Saint Francis

6.6%

New York University

6.6%

University of Washington

4.9%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.9%

University of Louisville

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.9%

George Mason University

4.9%

Eastern Michigan University

3.3%

Rush University

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.3%

Western Governors University

3.3%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.3%

Sonoma State University

3.3%

East Tennessee State University

3.3%

Wichita State University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Northern Michigan University

3.3%
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Majors

Nursing

31.3%

Business

15.3%

Health Care Administration

8.0%

Computer Information Systems

6.1%

Information Systems

4.9%

Computer Science

4.3%

Management

3.7%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Information Technology

3.1%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.5%

Statistics

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%

Microbiology

1.8%

Medicine

1.8%

Health And Wellness

1.8%

Biology

1.8%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.8%

Project Management

1.8%

Medical Illustration And Informatics

1.8%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

50.0%

Bachelors

24.3%

Doctorate

11.5%

Other

7.3%

Certificate

4.6%

Associate

2.3%
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Real Director Of Informatics Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Nursing Informatics Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle, WA Apr 28, 2013 $169,374
Director of Research Informatics Northshore University Healthsystem Evanston, IL Aug 15, 2015 $167,903
Director of Nursing Informatics Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2010 $155,502
Director, Clinical Informatics Daughters of Charity Health System Redwood City, CA Oct 22, 2012 $151,440
Director, Healthcare Informatics Resmed Corp. San Diego, CA Jul 15, 2012 $150,000
Director, Clinical Research Informatics Northshore University Healthsystem Evanston, IL Aug 15, 2012 $150,000
Director-Health Informatics Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Piscataway, NJ Feb 16, 2016 $146,430
Director of Research Informatics Northshore University Healthsystem Evanston, IL May 01, 2015 $130,000 -
$160,000
Director, Health Informatics Prime Healthcare Anaheim LLC Anaheim, CA Jan 11, 2016 $100,006
Director, Health Informatics Prime Healthcare Anaheim LLC La Palma, CA Jan 11, 2016 $100,006
Director, Health Informatics Prime Healthcare Management, Inc. Ontario, CA Jan 11, 2016 $100,006
Director, Research Informatics The Curators of The University of Missouri Columbia, MO Apr 15, 2016 $100,000
Director of Healthcare Informatics X-Ray X-Press Houston, TX Mar 30, 2013 $100,000
Director of Medical Informatics Consultants In Laboratory Medicine of Greater Tole Toledo, OH Nov 18, 2011 $70,824 -
$90,000
Director of Healthcare Informatics X-Ray X-Press Houston, TX Mar 30, 2010 $68,000
Director of Healthcare Informatics X-Ray X-Press and Advanced Diagnostics Houston, TX Dec 31, 2009 $67,683
Director of Healthcare Informatics X-Ray X-Press Corporation Houston, TX Jan 21, 2010 $67,226 -
$68,000
Director of Engineering Department and Informatics Technolog Caribbean University Bayamn, PR May 01, 2015 $55,200

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Top Skills for A Director Of Informatics

  1. Medical Records
  2. Clinical Information Systems
  3. Health System
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  • Directed the deployment of a new centralized scanning infrastructure within the Medical Records (HIM) Department.
  • Provided clinical subject matter expertise to translate data requirements into specifications for clinical information systems.
  • Ensured organization fully utilized health technology most efficiently for performance, patient care and revenue capture.
  • Supervised day-to-day activities of RIS, PACS and HL7 staff
  • Led process improvement projects resulting in significant cost reductions through improved cycle times and standardized processes.

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