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Working As An Information Technology Systems 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

  • $113,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Technology Systems 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 Systems 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 Technology Systems Manager Career Paths

Information Technology Systems Manager
Information Technology Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Infrastructure Project Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager
Regional Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Global Director Of Information Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Executive Director, Information Technology
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Vice President Information Systems
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Technology Manager
Corporate Director Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Director
10 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Service Operations Manager
Systems Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Manager Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Manager Data Center Manager
Data Center Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development Data Manager
Information Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development
Director Systems Development
10 Yearsyrs
Regional Information Technology Manager
Global Information Technology Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Manager 4.2 years
Top Careers Before Information Technology Systems Manager
Consultant 4.0%
Top Careers After Information Technology Systems Manager
Consultant 5.2%

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Information Technology Systems Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

79.1%

Female

13.4%

Unknown

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.4%

Carrier

9.0%

German

9.0%

Mandarin

7.5%

Korean

6.0%

French

6.0%

Chinese

6.0%

Italian

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

Swedish

3.0%

Hindi

3.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Turkish

1.5%

Marathi

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Danish

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Tamil

1.5%

Hebrew

1.5%
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Information Technology Systems Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.5%

University of Maryland - University College

6.3%

George Washington University

5.3%

Strayer University

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

San Jose State University

4.9%

Regis University

4.2%

Community College of the Air Force

4.2%

American InterContinental University

4.2%

University of Houston

4.2%

Capella University

4.2%

Arizona State University

3.9%

Western Governors University

3.9%

Villanova University

3.5%

DePaul University

3.5%

New York University

3.2%

Boise State University

3.2%

Oklahoma State University

3.2%

Mississippi State University

3.2%

Colorado Technical University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

21.1%

Computer Science

17.0%

Computer Information Systems

11.6%

Information Technology

10.0%

Electrical Engineering

5.7%

Management Information Systems

4.0%

Project Management

3.4%

Computer Networking

3.4%

Information Systems

3.0%

Management

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Finance

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Computer Systems Security

1.6%

General Studies

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%

Political Science

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Masters

22.3%

Other

19.4%

Associate

10.9%

Certificate

3.8%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.0%
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How much does an Information Technology Systems Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Technology Systems Manager in the United States is $114,033 per year or $55 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $84,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $153,000.

Real Information Technology Systems Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Systems Manager Synectiks Inc. Manalapan, NJ May 06, 2015 $174,533
IT Systems Manager Vortalsoft Inc. Somerset, NJ Feb 27, 2015 $169,978
IT Systems Manager/Senior System Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 01, 2015 $160,000
IT Systems Manager/Senior System Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jan 15, 2015 $160,000
IT Systems Managers/Senior Systems Analysts New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Feb 18, 2015 $160,000
IT Systems Manager/Senior System Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. NY Feb 03, 2015 $160,000
IT Systems Manager/Senior System Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 02, 2015 $160,000
IT Systems Manager/Senior System Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Mar 06, 2015 $160,000
IT Systems Manager/Senior System Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 15, 2015 $160,000
IT Systems Manager/Senior System Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 21, 2015 $160,000
IT Systems Manager/Senior System Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Feb 11, 2015 $160,000
IT Systems Manager/Senior System Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 05, 2015 $160,000
IT Systems Manager/Senior System Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Mar 13, 2015 $160,000
MGR, IT Systems & Services, Radiation Oncology Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Jan 13, 2014 $124,696 -
$205,962
Manager, IT Systems & Services, Radiation Oncology Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Jan 13, 2014 $124,696 -
$205,962
IT Manager-Marketing Systems Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA Oct 27, 2014 $124,337
IT Systems Manager TWC The Wise Computer, Inc. Doral, FL Jul 21, 2011 $123,822
Principal IT System Manager Collabera, Inc. Morristown, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $122,470
IT Systems Manager/Senior Systems Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Apr 09, 2010 $122,090
IT Systems Manager/Senior Systems Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Mar 23, 2010 $122,090
IT Systems Manager/Senior Systems Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 21, 2010 $122,090
IT Systems Project Manager Alere Toxicology Services, Inc. Frisco, TX Dec 01, 2013 $109,224
IT Manager/Systems Administrator Yandex, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 20, 2012 $108,000
IT Manager/Systems Aministrator Yandex, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 20, 2011 $108,000
Group IT Systems Service Manager Beckman Coulter, Inc. Brea, CA Oct 01, 2009 $106,857
IT Systems Operations Manager Advance Auto Business Support LLC Roanoke, VA Aug 24, 2013 $100,027
Software Performance Manger-IT Systems Manager Tibra Trading America LLC Chicago, IL Aug 15, 2013 $100,000 -
$170,000
Software Performance Manger-IT Systems Manager Tibra Trading America LLC Chicago, IL Aug 20, 2013 $100,000 -
$170,000

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  1. Infrastructure
  2. Customer Service
  3. Project Management
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  • Established project scope based on the strategic business objectives of a 1.3 million dollar information technology infrastructure refresh engagement.
  • Formulated a global Steering Committee for the worldwide Customer Service Organization to set strategic direction and enable collaborative decision making.
  • Delivered outstanding project management and technical leadership to more than 16 Information Technology initiatives for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
  • Provided infrastructure improvements for backup and disaster recovery.
  • Manage Active Directory account permissions, including exchange mailbox permissions.

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