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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Infrastructure Policy Manager||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Mar 14, 2016||$201,000|
|Manager, Infrastructure Data Science and Analytic||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Feb 11, 2015||$200,900|
|Senior Associate, Infrastructure Manager||Tower Research Capital LLC||New York, NY||Mar 30, 2015||$186,098|
|Manager-Application Infrastructure||Two Sigma Investments, LP||New York, NY||Jul 09, 2016||$185,000|
|Infrastructure Policy Manager||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Oct 08, 2016||$183,350|
|TAS Manager-Infrastructure||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||Miami, FL||Oct 02, 2014||$168,820|
|Manager-Application Infrastructure||Two Sigma Investments, LLC||New York, NY||Aug 29, 2015||$165,000|
|Senior Associate, Infrastructure Manager||Tower Research Capital LLC||New York, NY||Oct 13, 2016||$155,000|
|Senior Associate, Infrastructure Manager||Tower Research Capital LLC||New York, NY||Oct 02, 2015||$155,000|
|Infrastructure Manager||AAK USA||Edison, NJ||Oct 31, 2016||$147,576|
|Infrastructure Manager I||MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 17, 2016||$141,750|
|Senior Associate, Infrastructure Manager||Tower Research Capital LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$140,000|
|Manager, Data Infrastructure||Healthtap Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 01, 2013||$140,000|
|Senior Associate, Infrastructure Manager||Tower Research Capital LLC||New York, NY||Oct 02, 2012||$140,000|
|Database and Internet Infrastructure Manager||Colorcon Inc.||Point, PA||Jul 01, 2010||$134,000 -
|Manager, BI Reporting & Infrastructure||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 29, 2012||$129,000|
|Infrastructure Manager||AAK USA, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Sep 22, 2016||$128,814 -
|Infrastructure Manager||Alteritech, Inc.||Vienna, VA||Mar 01, 2010||$127,123|
|Automation & Infrastructure Manager||Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Mar 30, 2016||$125,445|
|Process/Infrastructure Manager||Tibco Software Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$125,000|
|Process/Infrastructure Manager||Jaspersoft Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 08, 2014||$125,000|
|Manager, Africa Infrastructure and Ppps||Castalia LLC||Washington, DC||Sep 13, 2016||$125,000 -
|Manager, Infrastructure/Databases||Transcore, LP||Hummelstown, PA||Jan 15, 2010||$112,553|
|Infrastructure Manager||Accenture LLP||Indianapolis, IN||Jan 01, 2016||$111,400|
|Infrastructure Manager||Accenture LLP||Indianapolis, IN||Nov 01, 2014||$111,384|
|Infrastructure Management Manager II||Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc.||Baltimore, MD||Jul 30, 2012||$110,000|
|Manager, General Aviation Infrastructure Appraisal||Atlantic Aviation Corporation||Plano, TX||Dec 12, 2011||$110,000 -
|Manager, General Aviation Infrastructure Appraisal||Atlantic Aviation Corporation||New York, NY||Nov 19, 2012||$110,000 -
|Manager of OSS Infrastructure||Frontier Communications Corporation||Allen, TX||Oct 02, 2013||$110,000 -
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