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Working As A Manager, Program Management

  • 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 A Manager, Program Management 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, Program Management

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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Manager, Program Management Career Paths

Manager, Program Management
Senior Project Manager
Contractor-Senior Project Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Global Director Of Information Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Of Professional Services
Vice President Of Professional Services
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Program Management
Vice President-Program Management
14 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Information Technology Project Manager
PMO Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Chief Information Officer
Practice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Of Project Management
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Program/Project Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Director Program Management
Program Management Office Director
13 Yearsyrs
Director Information Technology Director
Supported The Director
8 Yearsyrs
Program/Project Manager Engagement Manager
Senior Engagement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Group Manager Service Delivery Manager
Global Service Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program/Project Manager Solutions Manager
Senior Solutions Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Senior Implementation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Engagement Manager
Client Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Service Program Manager Engagement Manager
Transition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Program Manager Global Program Manager
Global Senior Program Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Managing Director Founder And Chief Executive Officer
Director, Managing Consultant
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Manager 4.2 years
Program Manager 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Manager, Program Management
Manager 8.1%
Consultant 3.5%
Supervisor 2.6%
Director 2.6%
Internship 2.3%
Top Careers After Manager, Program Management
Manager 6.7%
Consultant 6.1%
Director 5.0%
Principal 2.1%

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Manager, Program Management Demographics

Gender

Male

52.9%

Female

37.9%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.3%

French

14.7%

Mandarin

7.8%

German

7.8%

Chinese

5.9%

Hindi

3.9%

Korean

3.9%

Italian

3.9%

Gujarati

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Marathi

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Hebrew

1.0%

Zulu

1.0%

Hokkien

1.0%

Tamil

1.0%
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Manager, Program Management Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.3%

George Washington University

10.1%

Villanova University

4.7%

Strayer University

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

American University

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.0%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.0%

George Mason University

4.0%

Community College of the Air Force

4.0%

University of North Texas

3.7%

University of Washington

3.7%

New York University

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%

Webster University

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

University of Texas at Austin

3.5%

DePaul University

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.2%

Northwestern University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

37.3%

Management

7.0%

Project Management

6.6%

Finance

5.4%

Marketing

5.3%

Computer Science

4.5%

Accounting

4.1%

Nursing

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Economics

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Communication

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Education

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%

English

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

39.5%

Bachelors

36.6%

Other

12.1%

Associate

4.0%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.3%
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$83,000
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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How much does a Manager, Program Management make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manager, Program Management in the United States is $113,156 per year or $54 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $83,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $153,000.

Real Manager, Program Management Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Identity and Access Management (IAM) Manager The Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America New York, NY Jul 16, 2015 $195,208
Manager, Program Management Pandora Media, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 21, 2015 $191,376
Manager SR. Program Management Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 03, 2016 $166,066 -
$194,774
Manager, Quantitative Risk Management Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 03, 2016 $164,112
Advisory Services Manager-PI-Program Management (PM) (Mult. POS.) Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Seattle, WA Jun 09, 2016 $162,989 -
$170,500
Manager, Knowledge Management The Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America Bethlehem, PA Jun 14, 2016 $153,462
Manager, Program Management Carefusion Resources, LLC San Diego, CA Sep 14, 2015 $150,125
Manager, Technical Program Management Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Jan 06, 2016 $150,000
Manager, Program Product Management 2 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 14, 2015 $149,000
Manager, Program Management 3 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 24, 2016 $146,703
Performance Improvement (PI) Manager-Program Management (PM) Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Jose, CA Feb 26, 2016 $146,400 -
$168,300
Program Manager, Management & PMO Mylan Inc. Canonsburg, PA Feb 12, 2015 $144,248
North America Risk Management Program Manager Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX May 09, 2016 $143,850
Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Boston, MA Jul 01, 2016 $132,613
Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Bethesda, MD Oct 19, 2016 $132,291
Advisory Services Manager-Performance Improvement (PI)-Program Mgmt Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Chicago, IL Sep 18, 2015 $131,950
Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation San Francisco, CA Mar 09, 2016 $129,430
Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Houston, TX Sep 08, 2016 $127,503
Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Boston, MA Nov 20, 2015 $127,317
Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Boston, MA Jul 14, 2015 $127,317
Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Boston, MA Aug 02, 2016 $127,317
Manager, Program Management Flextronics International USA, Inc. Plano, TX Jun 01, 2015 $118,396
Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation Philadelphia, PA Feb 23, 2016 $117,233
Manager, Program Managment Sapient Corporation Buffalo, NY Jun 09, 2015 $116,199
Manager, Program Management Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. Morrisville, NC Mar 09, 2016 $115,500
Manager, Tech, Syss Integration-Program Mgmt, Functional, & Test (Pmft) Deloitte Consulting LLP Los Angeles, CA Mar 20, 2015 $115,000 -
$145,000
Manager-Program/Project Management Verizon Services Corp. Ridgefield, NJ Nov 14, 2016 $115,000
Manager Program Management Sapient Corporation San Francisco, CA Dec 09, 2016 $114,795
Manager, Tech, SYS Integration, Program, Mgmt, Funct & Test Deloitte Consulting LLP Chicago, IL Jul 12, 2015 $112,857 -
$184,000

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Top Skills for A Manager, Program Management

  1. Project Management
  2. Management Program
  3. Procedures
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  • Directed project management activities, budget oversight and knowledge management activities improving executive understanding and decision making confidence.
  • Conducted development of strategic analyses and opportunity identification for global Enterprise Information Management program.
  • Orchestrated an aggressive restructuring of construction inspection policies and procedures impacting all business activities including safety, risk management and finance.
  • Coordinate the proposal efforts and presentation activities for clients' international business development while supporting and interfacing with clients' management.
  • Headed initiatives for business strategic planning to streamline the assessment procedures on performance measurements across manufacturing and support strategies.

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