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Working As an Information Officer

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $101,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Officer 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 An Information Officer

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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Information Officer Career Paths

Information Officer
Consultant Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Infrastructure Project Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Officer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Officer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Officer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Global Information Technology Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Operations Manager Practice Manager
Practice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Editor Principal Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Editor Analyst Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Editor Manager Managing Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Security Analyst Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Communications Officer Senior Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Global Director Of Information Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Communications Officer Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Information Technology Systems Director
10 Yearsyrs
Information Management Officer Information Management Specialist Information Manager
Director Of Information
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Technical Business Analyst Senior Technical Writer
Knowledge Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Information Officer
Internship 7.4%
Consultant 5.9%
Officer 5.9%
Reporter 5.3%
Instructor 5.3%
Editor 4.9%
Volunteer 4.4%
Teacher 4.2%
Director 4.2%
Manager 3.4%
Top Careers After Information Officer
Consultant 9.3%
Officer 7.9%
Director 5.8%
Manager 4.7%
Internship 4.0%
Owner 3.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$101,000
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$67,000
Min 10%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$153,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
American International Group
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does an Information Officer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Officer in the United States is $102,006 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $67,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $153,000.

Real Information Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Information Officer-Requirements Manager AIG PC Global Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Apr 25, 2016 $200,928
Associate Information Officer-Requirements Manager AIG Employee Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 23, 2016 $175,000
Associate Information Officer-Requirements Manager AIG PC Global Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Apr 10, 2015 $175,000
Information Officer, Systems Design & Development AIG Claims, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Nov 07, 2016 $161,000
Associate Information Officer-Architecture Services AIG Employee Services, Inc. Wilton, CT Apr 18, 2016 $160,000
Associate Information Officer-Architecture Services AIG Global Asset Management Holdings Corporation Wilton, CT Jun 22, 2015 $160,000
Information Officer, System Design and Development AIG Employee Services, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Apr 18, 2016 $148,000
Associate Information Officer-Systems Design & D Chartis Global Claims Services, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Feb 14, 2013 $144,300
Associate Information Officer-Systems Design & D Chartis Global Claims Services, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Nov 18, 2011 $144,300
Associate Information Officer-Systems Design & D Chartis Global Claims Services, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Feb 14, 2012 $144,300
Associate Information Officer, Systems Design & de AIG PC Global Services, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Feb 07, 2014 $142,871
Associate Information Officer-Systems Design and Chartis Global Claims Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Feb 14, 2011 $135,300
Associate Information Officer, Systems Design and D Chartis Global Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Feb 07, 2011 $133,940
Associate Information Officer AIG Global Claims Services, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Dec 23, 2013 $130,000
Associate Information Officer AIG Global Claims Services, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Nov 01, 2014 $123,000
Associate Information Officer AIG Global Claims Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Oct 07, 2013 $120,000
Associate Information Officer AIG Global Claims Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Oct 22, 2014 $120,000
Associate Information Officer AIG PC Global Services, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Jun 30, 2014 $115,000
Business Information Risk Officer HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Depew, NY Jul 30, 2016 $110,000
Senior Strategic Information and Evaluation Officer, Unitaid Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation Washington, DC Apr 15, 2016 $96,000
Medical Information Officer Celtic Therapeutics Development America, Inc. New York, NY Dec 28, 2009 $95,000 -
$130,000
Medical Information Officer Celtic Therapeutics Development America, Inc. New York, NY Jan 18, 2010 $95,000 -
$130,000
Specialist/Business Information Risk Officer HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. New York, NY Aug 31, 2016 $90,000
Assistant Clinical Research Information Officer University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Aug 16, 2016 $88,442
Assistant Clinical Research Information Officer University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Sep 02, 2015 $88,442
Strategic Information and Evaluation Officer Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation Washington, DC Apr 15, 2013 $80,000
Building Information Modeling Officer Reveal Studio, Inc. La Crescenta-Montrose, CA Jul 20, 2012 $77,605

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Top Skills for An Information Officer

  1. Information Technology
  2. Data Entry
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed a team of 15 information technology auditors focused on risk based audit and regulatory compliance reviews.
  • Supervised student worker data entry of information requests and information session reservations.
  • Led multiple, Corporate-wide projects to ensure compliance with established Information Protection policies and regulatory requirements.
  • Prepared background reports, press releases, news briefs and promotional materials to enhance the Sultanate's of Oman priority interests.
  • Generated and implemented an administrative correspondence tracking system increasing overall improvement and the effectiveness of providing superb customer service.

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  2. District of Columbia
  3. New York
  4. Virginia
  5. New Jersey
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Delaware
  8. Maryland
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Information Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

56.2%

Female

31.2%

Unknown

12.6%
Ethnicity

White

55.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

10.9%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.9%

French

19.3%

Arabic

9.2%

German

6.4%

Portuguese

4.6%

Hindi

2.8%

Italian

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Polish

2.8%

Swahili

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Hungarian

1.8%

Tamil

1.8%

Malayalam

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Estonian

0.9%

Romanian

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Somali

0.9%

Indonesian

0.9%
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Information Officer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.7%

Webster University

7.7%

Naval Postgraduate School

6.7%

University of Maryland - University College

6.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.3%

American University

5.3%

Strayer University

4.8%

George Washington University

4.3%

New York University

4.3%

George Mason University

4.3%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.8%

Syracuse University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

University of Texas at Austin

3.3%

University of Houston

3.3%

University of South Florida

2.9%

Wayne State University

2.9%

San Jose State University

2.9%

Georgetown University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

21.1%

Computer Science

7.9%

Information Technology

6.7%

Communication

6.6%

Management

5.3%

Computer Information Systems

5.1%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Political Science

4.1%

Finance

4.0%

International Relations

3.7%

Journalism

3.6%

Accounting

3.6%

Management Information Systems

3.5%

English

3.5%

Public Relations

3.1%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Public Administration

2.8%

Marketing

2.8%

Law

2.7%

Information Systems

2.5%
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Degrees

Masters

37.6%

Bachelors

34.2%

Other

13.3%

Certificate

4.4%

Doctorate

4.2%

Associate

3.8%

Diploma

2.3%

License

0.1%
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