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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|
|Chief Information Security Officer||Zenpayroll, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 28, 2016||$225,000|
|Chief Information Security Officer||VYSK Communications, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 25, 2016||$200,000|
|Chief Information Security Officer||VYSK Communications, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 28, 2015||$200,000|
|Vice President, Global Information Security Officer||Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC||Newport Beach, CA||Jan 04, 2016||$180,000|
|Vice President, Information Security Officer||Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC||Newport Beach, CA||Jul 14, 2014||$170,000|
|Chief Information Security Officer||Lesconcierges, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 05, 2014||$165,000|
|Information Security Officer||Sutter Health||Modesto, CA||Sep 26, 2016||$158,693|
|Chief Information Security Officer||Bridgewater Associates, LP||Westport, CT||Oct 01, 2011||$151,174 -
|Information Security Officer (SR. Security Analyst)||Five9, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Nov 04, 2015||$135,001 -
|Information Security Officer (SR. Security Analyst||Five9, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Oct 02, 2014||$135,001|
|Senior Information Security Officer||Inovant, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Jul 05, 2015||$124,654 -
|Assistant Vice President, Divisional Business Information Security Officer||Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas||New York, NY||Dec 30, 2016||$115,000|
|Technical Information Security Officer||Paragon Solutions, Inc.||Islandia, NY||Oct 01, 2013||$110,000|
|Chief IT Security Officer||Omnex Group, Inc.||Englewood Cliffs, NJ||Jul 09, 2016||$100,000|
|Chief Information Security Officer||Envy Hawaii LLC||Urban Honolulu, HI||Sep 22, 2016||$100,000|
|Technology Information Security Officer||Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA)||Blue Ash, OH||Sep 01, 2011||$99,383|
|Information Security Officer||CDM Secure Inc.||Long Beach, CA||Apr 20, 2015||$97,094 -
|Information Security Officer||Fiserv Automotive Solutions, Inc.||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Sep 29, 2013||$94,164 -
|Information Security Officer||University of Arkansas at Little Rock||Little Rock, AR||Apr 01, 2015||$90,000|
|Information Technology Security Officer||Bowie State University||Bowie, MD||Aug 16, 2010||$85,000|
|Information Security Officer||Doctors Hospital at Renaissance||Edinburg, TX||Apr 15, 2014||$80,000|
|Information Security Officer||Berklee College of Music||Boston, MA||Oct 01, 2015||$76,190 -
|Information Security Officer||Texas A&M University Corpus Christi||Corpus Christi, TX||Apr 18, 2011||$76,086|
|Asst. Vice President, Information Security Officer||Eastern Bank||Lynn, MA||Sep 15, 2016||$72,530 -
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