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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

  • $117,000

    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.

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 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.

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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Management Information System Manager Career Paths

Management Information System Manager
Program Manager Senior Operations Manager
Assistant Vice President Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Account Executive
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Director Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Global Director Of Information Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Clinical Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Functional Consultant
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Project Director
Senior Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Managing Director
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Director
Vice President Information Systems
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Management Information System Manager
Manager 13.7%
Consultant 5.9%
Supervisor 5.5%
Analyst 3.1%
Director 2.7%
Top Careers After Management Information System Manager
Consultant 9.9%
Manager 5.8%
Owner 3.5%
Director 3.2%
Principal 2.9%

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Management Information System Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

61.0%

Female

35.3%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Asian

11.4%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Japanese

22.2%

French

22.2%

Spanish

22.2%

Portuguese

11.1%

Gujarati

11.1%

Hindi

11.1%
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Management Information System Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.5%

George Washington University

7.2%

Villanova University

6.2%

College of Saint Scholastica

5.2%

Youngstown State University

5.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.2%

Texas A&M University

5.2%

Syracuse University

4.1%

Temple University

4.1%

Webster University

4.1%

Texas State University

4.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.1%

University of Cincinnati

4.1%

University of Arizona

4.1%

University of Kansas

4.1%

Florida State University

4.1%

Western Washington University

3.1%

National Defense University

3.1%

University of Maryland - University College

3.1%

Northwood University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

29.3%

Computer Information Systems

14.3%

Computer Science

8.7%

Management

6.3%

Management Information Systems

5.8%

Finance

5.6%

Information Technology

4.1%

Information Systems

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.4%

Accounting

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Project Management

2.4%

Marketing

2.2%

Communication

1.5%

Public Health

1.2%

Education

1.2%

Economics

1.2%

Psychology

1.2%

Sociology

1.2%

Information Sciences

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.0%

Masters

34.5%

Other

13.9%

Associate

5.8%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

2.7%

Diploma

1.1%
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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 18, 2016 $178,048
Manager, Health Industries Information Management Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC Florham Park, NJ Jul 10, 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 -
$200,000
Manager, Planning and Management Information Syste Sovereign Bank Boston, MA Oct 01, 2011 $150,000 -
$200,000
PI Manager-Analytics-Information Management (IM) (Mult. POS.) Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY Aug 19, 2016 $149,000 -
$164,400
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, Tech, Information Management, Busintel/Datawrhsing Deloitte Consulting LLP Houston, TX Apr 12, 2015 $122,000 -
$184,000
Manager, Technology, Information Management, Performance Management Tech Deloitte Consulting LLP San Jose, CA Apr 14, 2016 $122,000 -
$184,000
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 -
$218,500
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 -
$218,500
Manager, Information Management Sungard Consulting Services, Inc. Irving, TX Apr 05, 2010 $110,000
Manager, Management Information Systems & Tax Alphapet, Inc. Decatur, AL Jan 09, 2016 $110,000
Manager, IT Revenue Managment (AD) TXU Energy Retail Company LLC Irving, TX Oct 01, 2011 $108,750 -
$118,750
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 -
$165,000
Manager, Egg Information Management American Express Travel Related Services Company New York, NY Dec 23, 2013 $107,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Management Information System Manager

Average Yearly Salary
$117,000
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$87,000
Min 10%
$117,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Median 50%
$156,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
PayPal
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Management Information System Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Management Information System Manager in the United States is $117,478 per year or $56 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $87,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $156,000.

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Top Skills for A Management Information System Manager

  1. Information Technology
  2. Project Management
  3. Procedures
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  • Led multiple highly visible information technology initiatives, coordinating internal resources across the enterprise and managing on-site and off-shore technical resources.
  • Supported strategic business development activities, marketing initiatives, and establishing standards for project management, knowledge management and E-commerce.
  • Converted personal systems platforms to provide more processing power and reduced costs; revised operating procedures.
  • Automated the entire software configuration process to eliminate data entry errors.
  • Developed Customer databases for tracking prospective customers through contract, installation and then ongoing Customer Service.

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