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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.
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Hispanic or Latino7.2%
Black or African American1.1%
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University of Tennessee - Knoxville7.8%
University of Phoenix7.8%
University of South Florida6.3%
Wayne State University6.3%
Michigan State University6.3%
University of Maine6.3%
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor4.7%
Ohio State University4.7%
University of California - Berkeley4.7%
George Washington University4.7%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology4.7%
University of Texas at Austin4.7%
Boise State University4.7%
Portland State University4.7%
University of Texas at Arlington3.1%
University of Alabama3.1%
Ohio University -3.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Head of Platform (Information Technology Manager)||Sentient Technologies (USA), LLC||San Francisco, CA||Aug 19, 2015||$280,000|
|Embedded Platform Software Manager||Pure Storage, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 28, 2015||$185,000|
|Dvlopment Manager/Int'l Capital Platform Assoc-Israeli Team||Silverstein Properties, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 04, 2015||$180,000|
|Dvlopment Manager/Int'l Capital Platform Assoc-Israeli Team||Silverstein Properties, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 09, 2015||$180,000|
|Manager, Platform Services||Metabiota, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 08, 2016||$173,056 -
|Software/Firmware Platform Manager||Osterhout Design Group Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 07, 2015||$171,150|
|Senior Platform Strategy Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Dec 03, 2012||$160,000|
|Senior Platform Manager, Voice Solutions||Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$150,353 -
|Manager, Enterprise Platform||Macy's Systems and Technology||Johns Creek, GA||May 30, 2015||$149,760 -
|Platform Partnerships Manager||King.Com Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 13, 2014||$147,000|
|Software/Firmware Platform Manager||Osterhout Design Group, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 08, 2012||$145,000|
|Platform Relations Manager||Twitter, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 15, 2013||$140,000|
|Manager, Platform Specialists||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||Indianapolis, IN||Jul 08, 2015||$136,984|
|Technology Platform Manager||Cengage Learning Inc.||Farmington Hills, MI||Nov 21, 2016||$135,000|
|Mobile Platform Manager||Blackboard Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 03, 2010||$135,000 -
|Manager of Platform Services and Tools||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||May 25, 2011||$134,582|
|Manager, Platform Specialists||Salesforce.Com||Indianapolis, IN||Dec 23, 2015||$131,715|
|Manager-Merchant Platforms||Postmates, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 29, 2014||$130,000|
|SR. Sound Platform Manager||Dolby Laboratories Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 05, 2011||$127,130 -
|Platform Manager, Digital Products and Innovation||The Corporate Executive Board Company||Arlington, VA||Aug 06, 2012||$116,200|
|Manager, Software/Information Platform||Cardinal Health, Inc.||Dublin, OH||Jun 04, 2016||$110,094 -
|Platform Manager||CNH Industrial America LLC||Burr Ridge, IL||Apr 21, 2014||$110,000|
|Manager, Cross Platform Solutions||The Weather Channel, LLC||New York, NY||Jun 10, 2013||$107,000 -
|Principal Platform Manager||AOL Inc.||Dulles Town Center, VA||Nov 21, 2011||$105,000 -
|Digital Platform Manager||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Depew, NY||Nov 11, 2016||$105,000|
|Platform Manager||Mindtree Limited||Warren, NJ||Aug 07, 2016||$101,400|
|Technology Platform Manager||Infosys Limited||Valhalla, NY||Sep 11, 2013||$97,510|
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