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Working As An Information Technology Development 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

  • $111,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Technology Development 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 Technology Development 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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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Information Technology Development Manager
Consultant 5.4%
Programmer 4.8%
Top Careers After Information Technology Development Manager
Consultant 6.8%
Manager 3.3%
Owner 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$111,000
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$81,000
Min 10%
$111,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Median 50%
$153,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Simparel, Inc.
Highest Paying City
Pleasanton, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does an Information Technology Development Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Technology Development Manager in the United States is $111,920 per year or $54 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $81,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $153,000.

Real Information Technology Development Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager-Information Technology Development SAP Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc. Roswell, GA Oct 31, 2016 $185,000
Manager, IT Development Qantas Airways Limited New York, NY Sep 30, 2014 $173,020
Manager, IT Development Qantas Airways Ltd. New York, NY Sep 30, 2014 $173,000
IT Business Development Manager Tech Mahindra (Americas) Inc., (Formerly MBT International, Inc.) Plano, TX Sep 14, 2016 $167,627
IT Development Manager Heidmar Inc. Norwalk, CT Feb 05, 2015 $164,216
IT Development Manager IMC Americas, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 22, 2012 $154,500
Manager, IT Development Qantas Airways Ltd. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $153,920
IT Development Manager Simparel, Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2010 $146,215
IT Business Development Manager Tech Mahindra (Americas) Inc., (Formerly MBT International, Inc.) Plano, TX Jun 20, 2016 $143,146
IT Manager, ERP Development The Wine Group Tracy, CA Nov 14, 2016 $143,000
Manager, IT ERP Development Payments Higher One, Inc. Oakland, CA Aug 16, 2016 $142,500
Manager, IT Development (Application Program Manager) Directv LLC El Segundo, CA May 01, 2016 $123,765 -
$143,765
IT Development Manager General Motors Company Roswell, GA Mar 21, 2016 $123,600
IT Manager, Software Development Apollo Group, Inc. Tempe, AZ Jun 02, 2013 $123,350
IT Manager I, SAP Custom Development FMC Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 12, 2016 $121,971 -
$167,200
MGR, IT Development Directv LLC El Segundo, CA Dec 03, 2014 $120,890 -
$142,280
IT Development Manager Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of Amer Charlotte, NC Oct 09, 2014 $120,200 -
$163,400
IT Development Manager (Rxclaim Application) Caremark, L.L.C. Richardson, TX Dec 05, 2016 $119,000
IT Development Manager Caremark, LLC Richardson, TX Apr 21, 2014 $107,203 -
$137,100
IT Development Manager at Last Sportswear, Inc. Secaucus, NJ Sep 14, 2016 $106,746
IT & Software Development Manager Knott Mechanical, Inc. Huntingtown, MD Jan 03, 2014 $106,000 -
$112,000
Information Technology Development Manager TRIA Beauty, Inc. Dublin, CA Apr 18, 2011 $105,477 -
$120,000
Information Technology Development Manager TRIA Beauty, Inc. Dublin, CA Feb 28, 2011 $105,477 -
$120,000
Manager/It Development Center for Financial Technologies, Inc. Northbrook, IL Sep 25, 2015 $105,000
Manager/It Development Center of Financial Technologies, Inc. Northbrook, IL Jan 20, 2015 $105,000

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Top Skills for An Information Technology Development Manager

  1. Company Website
  2. Project Management
  3. SQL
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  • Utilized content management system to manage company website design and content.
  • Project management roles include new software implementations as well as upgrading existing software to most current versions whenever necessary.
  • Managed on-call development support team, data modelers, SQL and ETL developers and report developers.
  • Monitor reporting process to ensure reporting data warehouses are maintained and meet client business requirements.
  • Consolidated various hardware, databases, licenses and software infrastructure resulting in savings over 35% annually while improving operational efficiency.

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Top 10 Best States for Information Technology Development Managers

  1. New York
  2. New Jersey
  3. Washington
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Delaware
  6. California
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Massachusetts
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Information Technology Development Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

69.3%

Female

19.4%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Asian

10.8%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.9%

German

18.5%

French

14.8%

Japanese

7.4%

Russian

7.4%

Arabic

7.4%

Swedish

3.7%

Portuguese

3.7%

Filipino

3.7%

Carrier

3.7%

Tagalog

3.7%
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Information Technology Development Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.7%

George Washington University

7.1%

Villanova University

6.4%

New York University

5.0%

Illinois State University

5.0%

Ohio State University

4.3%

More Tech Institute

4.3%

University of Georgia

4.3%

Northern Illinois University

4.3%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.3%

University of South Florida

3.6%

Brigham Young University

3.6%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.6%

University of Florida

3.6%

DePaul University

3.6%

Drexel University

3.6%

Bellevue University

3.6%

Utah State University

3.6%

Michigan State University

2.9%

University of California - Irvine

2.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

23.6%

Business

22.8%

Computer Information Systems

7.4%

Information Technology

6.4%

Project Management

4.7%

Management Information Systems

4.6%

Finance

3.8%

Management

3.5%

Accounting

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Information Systems

2.6%

Computer Programming

1.6%

Engineering

1.6%

Mathematics

1.6%

Communication

1.5%

Computer Applications

1.5%

Marketing

1.5%

Computer Networking

1.4%

Economics

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.6%

Masters

32.2%

Other

12.4%

Associate

5.1%

Certificate

4.2%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

1.1%
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