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Working As An Information Systems Project Manager

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $109,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Systems Project Manager 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 Systems Project Manager

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 Systems Project Manager Career Paths

Information Systems Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
Contractor-Senior Project Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Vice President
Vice President-Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Executive Director, Information Technology
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engagement Manager
Senior Engagement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Operations Vice President
Vice President Of Technical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Chief Information Officer
Vice President Of Professional Services
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager
Global Information Technology Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Project Manager Implementation Manager
Senior Implementation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Project Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Senior Solutions Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Director
Director Of Business Systems
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Manager, Program Management
Integration Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Global Program Manager
Global Senior Program Manager
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Information Systems Project Manager
Manager 4.6%
Consultant 4.0%
Top Careers After Information Systems Project Manager
Consultant 4.4%
Manager 2.6%
Director 2.2%

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Information Systems Project Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

60.2%

Female

30.8%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.0%

Japanese

10.0%

French

10.0%

Portuguese

5.0%

German

5.0%

Hebrew

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%

Arabic

5.0%

Thai

5.0%

Italian

5.0%
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Information Systems Project Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.4%

University of Maryland - University College

6.5%

George Washington University

6.5%

Webster University

5.6%

DePaul University

5.6%

University of Washington

4.6%

University of New Hampshire

3.7%

Strayer University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

Capella University

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

Hofstra University

3.7%

University of Iowa

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.7%

Walden University

3.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.7%

Cornell University

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.7%

Syracuse University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

27.1%

Computer Science

10.4%

Project Management

9.9%

Information Technology

8.5%

Computer Information Systems

7.5%

Information Systems

5.3%

Management

4.8%

Management Information Systems

4.1%

Finance

4.1%

Accounting

2.9%

Nursing

1.9%

Economics

1.9%

Electrical Engineering

1.7%

Education

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

Marketing

1.5%

Communication

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Health Care Administration

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

41.4%

Bachelors

35.8%

Other

10.1%

Certificate

5.1%

Associate

5.1%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

0.3%
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How much does an Information Systems Project Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Systems Project Manager in the United States is $109,929 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $77,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $156,000.

Real Information Systems Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Computer Information Systems Managers/Projects Leads Client Network Services, Inc. Rockville, MD Apr 13, 2010 $147,056
Information Systems Project Manager Issam Tina Solutions Inc. Forestville, CA Jan 08, 2016 $146,090
Information Systems Project Manager Issam Tina Solutions Inc. Forestville, CA Aug 08, 2016 $146,090
Information Systems Program Director and Project Manager Seadragon Applications Shared Resources Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 01, 2015 $145,000 -
$189,000
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Dec 07, 2016 $133,474
Information Systems Project Manager Latitude36, Inc. Foster City, CA Aug 31, 2012 $132,000
Information Systems Project Manager Kuehne + Nagel, Inc. Naugatuck, CT Nov 20, 2015 $128,700 -
$150,000
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Dec 24, 2014 $128,502
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Mar 17, 2015 $128,502
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Apr 19, 2016 $128,502
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Leader ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI May 08, 2015 $128,502
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Jul 31, 2015 $128,502
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Feb 23, 2015 $127,608
Project Manager, Information Systems Netsuite Inc. Centennial, CO Oct 01, 2014 $125,000
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Aug 25, 2011 $119,808
Computer and Information System Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Oct 13, 2011 $119,808
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Oct 19, 2011 $119,808
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Aug 09, 2012 $119,080
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI May 02, 2012 $119,080
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Apr 30, 2012 $119,080
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Leader ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Sep 20, 2016 $116,605
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Nov 19, 2014 $110,885
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Nov 17, 2014 $110,885
Information Systems Project Manager Ponvia Technology, Inc. Libertyville, IL Jun 11, 2009 $110,510
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI May 03, 2012 $106,000
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI May 04, 2012 $105,748
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Jun 12, 2012 $105,747
Computer and Information Systems Manager/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Jun 01, 2012 $105,747

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  1. Information Technology
  2. Project Management
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Assisted customers with completing Information Technology/National Security System Requirements documents while maintaining installations Communications Blueprint program.
  • Doubled user productivity by integrating accounting system with Web-based project management solution.
  • Planned and executed innovative strategies to achieve objectives for infrastructure improvement; redefined scope of project and coordinated resources as needed.
  • Coordinated the implementation of a database marketing analysis system used to predict customer buying behaviors and develop target marketing programs.
  • Consolidate monthly regional financial statements, monthly projections as well as any periodic reporting requirements.

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