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Become An Information Technology Manager

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Working As An Information Technology 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

  • $96,450

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Technology Manager Do

An Information Technology Manager oversees and manages a company's information technology projects. Their main duties include ensuring that projects are completed within budget and on time, assisting with upgrading information security, and leading the work of others.

How To Become An Information Technology 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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Real Information Technology Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Performance Improvement IT Advisory (Cloud & Mobile) Senior Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Francisco, CA Jan 27, 2015 $245,600 -
$270,200
IT Transformation Manager 4 Capgemini America Inc. Jersey City, NJ Mar 08, 2016 $209,900
IT Transformation Manager 4 Capgemini America Inc. New York, NY Mar 08, 2016 $209,900
IT Transformation Manager 4 Capgemini America Inc. Islandia, NY Mar 08, 2016 $209,900
IT Transformation Manager 4 Capgemini America Inc. Cranbury, NJ Mar 08, 2016 $209,900
IT Manager Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Fairfield, CT May 16, 2015 $129,979
IT Risk & Assurance Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Stamford, CT May 01, 2016 $129,900
Manager, Information Technology Hewlett-Packard Company Houston, TX Apr 21, 2015 $129,253 -
$168,188
Manager, Information Technology Hewlett-Packard Company Houston, TX Dec 03, 2015 $129,253 -
$168,188
Information Technology Manager Goodman Real Estate, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 22, 2016 $129,064
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Top Skills for An Information Technology Manager

CustomerServiceHardwareNetworkInfrastructureProceduresWebRemoteAccessSQLServerDatabaseBackupActiveDirectoryDisasterRecoveryManageInformationTechnologyDesktopSupportPCEmailProjectManagementVoipVPNInternetFinancial

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Top Information Technology Manager Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Hardware
  3. Network Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Trained and mentored staff of 8 ensuring maximum productivity and customer service to user base.
  • Negotiate pricing and terms for all hardware/software acquisitions.
  • Overhauled computers and network infrastructure.
  • Develop procedures for installation, and troubleshooting of communications Hardware and Software.
  • Assisted in the monitoring and reporting on Website traffic and performance.

Top Information Technology Manager Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Information Technology Manager

  1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  2. Xerox
  3. U.S. Navy
  4. BNY Mellon
  5. Robert Half
  6. Boeing
  7. FedEx
  8. Intel
  9. TAYLOR MCCAFFREY LLP
  10. Laureate International Universities
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