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Become A Management Information System Manager

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Working As A Management Information System 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

  • $101,677

    Average Salary

What Does A Management Information System 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.


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 A Management Information System 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.


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.


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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Management Information System Manager Career Paths

Management Information System Manager
Director Of Information Vice President Of Information Technology
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Management Chief Information Officer
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Services Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Strategic Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Of Project Management
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Engagement Manager
Senior Engagement Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Services Vice President Of Information Technology
Vice President Technology Services
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Manager 4.2 years
Systems Director 4.1 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 11.5%
Supervisor 5.6%
Consultant 5.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.9%
Manager 4.7%
Director 3.6%
Owner 3.1%
Principal 3.1%

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Management Information System Manager Education


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Real Management Information System Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Health Industries Information Management Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC Florham Park, NJ Jul 10, 2016 $178,048
Manager, Health Industries Information Management Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC Florham Park, NJ Jul 18, 2016 $178,048
Manager II, Systems Design Management Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Sep 24, 2016 $160,000
Manager, Information Systems/Data Management Annik Inc. Redmond, WA Oct 01, 2013 $158,725
Manager, Planning and Management Information Syste Sovereign Bank New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $150,000 -
Manager, Planning and Management Information Syste Sovereign Bank Boston, MA Oct 01, 2011 $150,000 -
PI Manager-Analytics-Information Management (IM) (Mult. POS.) Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY Aug 19, 2016 $149,000 -
Manager, IS Information Management Scripps Health San Diego, CA Apr 14, 2014 $146,090
Manager-Information Management New York University Hospitals Center New York, NY Sep 22, 2014 $145,000
Advisory Manager-IT Risk Transformation (Itrt)-Identity & Access Management (IAM) Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Jose, CA Oct 20, 2014 $140,000
Manager, Systems Design Management Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 28, 2014 $139,165
Manager, Information Management & Architecture Paradigm Management Services LLC Concord, CA Sep 19, 2010 $138,000
Manager-Information Management KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 04, 2011 $122,048
Manager, Technology, Information Management, Performance Management Tech Deloitte Consulting LLP San Jose, CA Apr 14, 2016 $122,000 -
Manager, Tech, Information Management, Busintel/Datawrhsing Deloitte Consulting LLP Houston, TX Apr 12, 2015 $122,000 -
Manager, Management Information Group (MIG) Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Jan 04, 2011 $121,000
Manager, Technology, Information Management, Information Delivery Deloitte Consulting LLP San Francisco, CA Dec 09, 2016 $120,998 -
Manager, Information Management-Business Technology Act, Inc. Iowa City, IA Jul 30, 2015 $119,891
Manager, Technology, Information Management, Data Mgmt & Architecture Deloitte Consulting LLP Seattle, WA Sep 21, 2016 $118,707 -
Manager, Management Information Systems & Tax Alphapet, Inc. Decatur, AL Jan 09, 2016 $110,000
Manager, Information Management Sungard Consulting Services, Inc. Irving, TX Apr 05, 2010 $110,000
Manager, IT Revenue Managment (AD) TXU Energy Retail Company LLC Irving, TX Oct 01, 2011 $108,750 -
Manager, Information Management American Express Company New York, NY Jun 15, 2016 $108,222
Management Information Systems Manager Forest Park Produce Inc. of Alabama Montgomery, AL Mar 22, 2016 $107,827
Manager, Enterprise Information Management Practic Smartbridge, LLC Houston, TX Apr 09, 2012 $107,500
Manager, Technology, Information Management, Bi-Dw Deloitte Consulting LLP Atlanta, GA Jan 06, 2015 $107,100 -
Manager, Egg Information Management American Express Travel Related Services Company New York, NY Dec 23, 2013 $107,000

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Top Skills for A Management Information System Manager


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Top Management Information System Manager Skills

  1. Compliance
  2. Procedures
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Position supervises staff engaged in all aspects of medical records maintenance, coding, regulatory and corporate compliance, physician notification/suspension.
  • Developed and coordinated IT security policy, procedures, and practices for a company of 20,000 employees.
  • Simplified distributed data entry workload from 45 employees to 1,100 web enabled users.
  • Gained valuable experience with supplier contractual management and financial negotiations.
  • Supervised team of business analysts and programmers responsible for management information systems and operational planning tools.

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