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Become An Information Technology Director

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Working As An Information Technology Director

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $108,875

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Technology Director Do

An Information Technology Director is responsible for the overall planning, organization, and execution of the IT functions. They are also responsible for directing training programs.

How To Become An Information Technology Director

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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Real Information Technology Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior IT Director Home Depot USA, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jun 08, 2015 $250,000
IT Director Oracle America, Inc. CA Dec 07, 2016 $185,876 -
$252,492
IT Director Oracle America, Inc. CA Mar 02, 2015 $177,716 -
$207,331
IT Director Nordstrom, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 22, 2016 $175,000
IT Architecture Director Avaya, Inc. Coppell, TX Aug 19, 2016 $175,000
Information Technology Director The Patron Spirits Company Las Vegas, NV Aug 29, 2015 $175,000
IT Director Dexter Systems Inc. Reston, VA Feb 25, 2016 $174,533
IT Director CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 05, 2015 $170,914
Information Technology Director H. Betti Industries, Inc. Carlstadt, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $170,612
IT Director Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Natick, MA Sep 15, 2016 $170,000
IT Director Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Tomball, TX Jan 01, 2015 $170,000
IT Director OCTO Telematics North America LLC Newton, MA Aug 15, 2015 $170,000
Information Technology Director H. Betti Industries, Inc. Carlstadt, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $165,395
SR. Manager Information Technology-Director Acxiom It Outsourcing, LP Downers Grove, IL Aug 24, 2015 $149,094 -
$160,000
IT Director CWC Travel, Inc. Issaquah, WA Jan 10, 2016 $148,090
Associate IT Director-Business Analytics & Data Science Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Apr 09, 2015 $146,500
IT Director Americas Pentair Valves & Controls Us LP Houston, TX Jan 27, 2016 $146,037 -
$162,000
IT Operating Unit Director The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Jan 03, 2016 $145,933
IT Engagement Director Webrunners, Inc. Southfield, MI Oct 19, 2015 $145,000
IT Marketing Director Webgistix Corporation Las Vegas, NV Jul 13, 2015 $144,248
Information Technology Director OLLO Wearables Inc. San Francisco, CA May 04, 2015 $141,916 -
$187,830
IT Director Orion International Technology USA, Inc. Placentia, CA Aug 14, 2015 $128,648
IT Director Tiburon Media Group, LLC Tiburon, CA Mar 16, 2015 $127,000
Information Technology Director Magneti Marelli of Tennessee, LLC Pulaski, TN May 22, 2015 $125,000
IT Director Dc Group, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Jan 19, 2015 $125,000
Information Technology Director Veritas Group, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 10, 2015 $125,000
Information Technology Director Veritas Group, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2015 $125,000
IT Director Produban Servicios Informaticos Generales, S.L. MA Apr 11, 2015 $124,979
IT Director Nissin International Transport U.S.A., Inc. Torrance, CA Feb 01, 2016 $122,429 -
$150,000

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Top Skills for An Information Technology Director

NetworkInfrastructureCustomerServiceHardwareWindowsXPWebDisasterRecoveryInformationTechnologyDataWarehouseSQLServerProjectManagementFinancialDesktopSupportERPActiveDirectoryVoipInternetEmailVmwarePhoneSystemPC

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Top Information Technology Director Skills

  1. Network Infrastructure
  2. Customer Service
  3. Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design, establish, and maintain a network infrastructure for local and wide area connectivity and remote access.
  • Assisted with sales, customer service and logistical planning as needed.
  • Performed several database migrations for server replacements, hardware upgrades.
  • Upgraded Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 to Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010, including training for the staff.
  • Web based system will allow our artist's booking agents to work directly with our systems.

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