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Working As A Manager Information Technology Applications

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $120,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manager Information Technology Applications 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 Manager Information Technology Applications

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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Top Careers Before Manager Information Technology Applications
Manager 3.7%
Consultant 3.5%
Programmer 2.6%
Top Careers After Manager Information Technology Applications
Consultant 4.1%
Director 3.3%

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Manager Information Technology Applications Demographics

Gender

Male

66.9%

Female

24.9%

Unknown

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Asian

12.0%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

40.0%

French

20.0%

Chinese

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%
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Manager Information Technology Applications Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.5%

University of Washington

7.3%

Franklin University

6.3%

Colorado Technical University

6.3%

Northeastern University

6.3%

DePaul University

5.2%

George Washington University

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.2%

Villanova University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.2%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.2%

Portland State University

4.2%

Northern Illinois University

4.2%

University of Connecticut

3.1%

Ohio University -

3.1%

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

3.1%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.1%

University of Akron

3.1%
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Majors

Business

28.8%

Computer Science

16.3%

Computer Information Systems

7.9%

Project Management

5.9%

Accounting

5.1%

Management Information Systems

4.3%

Information Technology

4.3%

Information Systems

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Management

2.8%

Education

2.3%

Finance

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Engineering

1.5%

Marketing

1.5%

International Business

1.3%

Psychology

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Management Science

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.4%

Masters

36.3%

Other

12.3%

Certificate

4.1%

Associate

3.1%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.4%

Diploma

0.4%
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$88,000
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Manager Information Technology Applications make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manager Information Technology Applications in the United States is $120,533 per year or $58 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $88,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $164,000.

Real Manager Information Technology Applications Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, IT Clinical Applications (Revenue Systems & Services) Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Jan 03, 2016 $215,883 -
$241,009
Manager, IT Application Services Stanford Hospital and Clinics/LPCH Palo Alto, CA Oct 29, 2012 $185,000
Manager, IT Applications Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Feb 04, 2013 $175,000
IT Manager, Financial Applications Nbcuniversal Media LLC CA Jan 26, 2016 $173,826
SR. Manager of IT-Business Applications Manager Accuray Incorporated Sunnyvale, CA Aug 28, 2015 $158,170
IT Applications Principal KBR Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 05, 2014 $152,880
Manager, IT Applications Gracenote, Inc. Emeryville, CA Dec 02, 2014 $150,380
Manager, IT Applications Gracenote, Inc. Emeryville, CA Nov 28, 2014 $150,380
Manager, Applications Technology Affymetrix, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 23, 2014 $148,850
IT Applications Principal KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 17, 2013 $147,000
Manager, IT Clinical Applications Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Mar 20, 2015 $145,995 -
$241,010
Manager, IT Clinical Applications (Inpatient) Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Jul 01, 2015 $145,995 -
$241,010
Manager Technical Applications Abbott Laboratories Alameda, CA Jun 11, 2013 $142,171
Manager, IT Clinical Applications Stanford Health Care Palo Alto, CA Sep 15, 2016 $134,180 -
$221,332
Manager, IT Applications Tesla Motorsinc Fremont, CA Apr 28, 2016 $132,974 -
$142,500
Manager, IT-Applications Development Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 06, 2014 $131,192
Manager, IT Applications Development Equinix, Inc. Foster City, CA Feb 28, 2010 $130,639
IT Manager-Applications XL Global Services, Inc. Stamford, CT Jan 07, 2016 $130,208 -
$149,290
Manager, IT Applications Herbalife International of America, Inc. Torrance, CA Nov 07, 2009 $130,000
Product Manager-IT Applications Unison Technologies, Inc. New York, NY Feb 14, 2014 $130,000 -
$145,000
Product Manager-IT Applications Unison Technologies, Inc. New York, NY Dec 14, 2012 $130,000
Manager, IT Human Resources Applications West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Exton, PA Jun 14, 2016 $123,323
IT Manager, Applications Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Sep 30, 2009 $121,400
Manager, IT Application Development & Support Bayer Business & Technology Services, LLC Shawnee, KS Jan 18, 2010 $120,795
Manager, IT-Financial Applications Unimin Corporation New Canaan, CT Feb 11, 2013 $120,500 -
$132,809
Manager, IT-Financial Applications Unimin Corporation New Canaan, CT Feb 11, 2013 $120,411 -
$144,357
Manager-IT Applications Michaels Stores Procurement Company, Inc. Irving, TX Nov 17, 2015 $119,080 -
$141,482
Manager-IT Application Operations Stanford Health Care Palo Alto, CA Jul 15, 2016 $116,126 -
$189,488
Mgr-It Peoplesoft Applications Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Apr 01, 2014 $114,000

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Top Skills for A Manager Information Technology Applications

  1. Project Management
  2. Web Application
  3. Financial Statements
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  • Deliver systems analysis, system configuration, implementation, portfolio/ project management, team development and oversight.
  • Developed interactive web applications and supported two Internet servers and Intranet web servers.
  • Investigated, proposed, planned and implemented additions, deletions and modifications to the information systems and communications infrastructure hardware.
  • Oversee distribution of resources across entire project portfolio, by planning, tweaking, and reviewing resource allocation.
  • Maintain an enterprise-wide Resource capacity model (Excel-based) and developed the Monthly Program Status Reporting requirements and procedures.

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