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Working As A Practice Director

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $138,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Practice Director 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 Practice Director

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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Practice Director Career Paths

Practice Director
Vice President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Director
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
President
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Professional Services
Vice President Of Professional Services
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Professional Services
11 Yearsyrs
Business Development Director
Senior Director Of Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Professional Services
Client Services Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Sales Vice President
Sales And Marketing Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Sales Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Service Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Solutions Director
Regional Sales Director
11 Yearsyrs
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
Global Director
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President & General Manager
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Software Development
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Information Technology
Corporate Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Director, Applications
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Interim Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Practice Manager 4.3 years
Practice Leader 3.2 years
Practice Director 3.0 years
Solutions Director 2.8 years
Engagement Manager 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Practice Director
Director 7.4%
Manager 6.9%
Consultant 6.5%
Principal 3.9%
Partner 2.5%
Top Careers After Practice Director
Director 9.0%
Principal 7.2%
Consultant 6.4%
Partner 4.0%
President 3.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$138,000
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$100,000
Min 10%
$138,000
Median 50%
$138,000
Median 50%
$138,000
Median 50%
$138,000
Median 50%
$138,000
Median 50%
$138,000
Median 50%
$138,000
Median 50%
$190,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Montrose Memorial Hospital
Highest Paying City
Folsom, CA
Highest Paying State
Utah
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Practice Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Practice Director in the United States is $138,193 per year or $66 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $100,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $190,000.

Real Practice Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
International Practice Strategy Director Perkins + Will, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2013 $320,000
Technology Practice Builder Assoc DIR Accenture LLP Arlington, VA Dec 20, 2016 $232,600
Technology Practice Builder Assoc DIR Accenture LLP Hillsborough, NJ Dec 20, 2016 $232,600
Professional Services Practice Director Cloudera New York, NY Nov 17, 2016 $229,382
Executive Practice Director Chaffetz Lindsey LLP New York, NY Jan 10, 2014 $220,000
Global Practice Director-Network Urban Science Applications, Inc. Detroit, MI Dec 15, 2015 $206,000
Director, Practice Services Ca, Inc. New York, NY May 27, 2016 $195,208
Practice Director KPI Partners, Inc. Matthews, NC Dec 10, 2013 $185,000
Practice Director KPI Partners, Inc. North Canton, OH Jun 08, 2013 $185,000
Practice Director Techaspect Solutions, Inc. Bothell, WA Apr 28, 2015 $185,000
Practice Director Perficient, Inc. Chicago, IL Jul 29, 2016 $185,000 -
$195,000
Practice Director APPS Associates, LLC Irving, TX Jun 20, 2016 $185,000
Practice Director (SAP) Sparta Consulting Inc. Hazelwood, MO Sep 30, 2016 $180,000
Senior Practice Director KPI Partners, Inc. Newark, CA Jul 12, 2015 $180,000
Practice Director Inspirage LLC Bellevue, WA Aug 10, 2015 $169,000
Practice Director-Consulting Services Intueor Consulting, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 17, 2013 $168,000
Practice Director Blueprint Consulting Services, LLC Redmond, WA Oct 07, 2013 $167,440 -
$200,000
Practice Director Accretive Solutions-Northern California, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 24, 2013 $165,600
Practice Director UST Global Inc. Aliso Viejo, CA Aug 09, 2016 $165,000
Global Practice Director-Network Urban Science Applications, Inc. Detroit, MI Sep 22, 2014 $165,000 -
$215,000
Practice Director UST Global Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 31, 2015 $165,000
Practice Director UST Global Inc. Aliso Viejo, CA Feb 10, 2015 $165,000
Practice Director APPS Associates, LLC Acton, MA Oct 06, 2014 $154,000
Consulting Practice Director Oracle America, Inc. Miami, FL Jan 16, 2015 $152,670 -
$197,488
Practice Director Inspirage LLC Bellevue, WA Jun 29, 2015 $150,000
National Practice Director, Connected Systems Neudesic, LLC Bellevue, WA Mar 27, 2013 $150,000 -
$175,000
Practice Director Sparta Consulting Inc. Folsom, CA Mar 01, 2013 $150,000
Director, Practice Services Ca, Inc. Coral Gables, FL Jul 06, 2015 $147,000
Practice Director APPS Associates, LLC Berkeley Heights, NJ May 02, 2014 $146,827

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Top Skills for A Practice Director

  1. Service Delivery
  2. Financial Performance
  3. Project Management
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  • Established portfolio coverage agreements across new service delivery organizations within post-merger environment to eliminate redundancies and optimize global delivery mechanisms.
  • Ranked #1 in financial performance and utilization among all 3 major practices in the office over my tenure.
  • Directed project management team to ensure Consumer and Clinical projects are successfully and efficiently delivered with a focus on client satisfaction.
  • Led strategic planning, operations improvement, systems selection, applications development, and business process management programs.
  • Provided administrative management as well as leadership in healthcare finance, including reimbursement, revenue cycles, budgeting and financial analysis.

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Top 10 Best States for Practice Directors

  1. Virginia
  2. Colorado
  3. Rhode Island
  4. New Jersey
  5. District of Columbia
  6. California
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Delaware
  9. Texas
  10. New Hampshire
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Practice Director Demographics

Gender

Male

65.8%

Female

25.2%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

French

15.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Portuguese

7.5%

German

7.5%

Japanese

7.5%

Chinese

5.0%

Italian

5.0%

Khmer

2.5%

Dutch

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Dari

2.5%

Hindi

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Tamil

2.5%
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Practice Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.8%

George Washington University

7.2%

Johns Hopkins University

5.8%

Temple University

5.3%

Northeastern University

5.3%

New York University

4.8%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

Villanova University

4.3%

University of Pennsylvania

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

Stanford University

3.8%

Babson College

3.8%

Harvard University

3.8%

DePaul University

3.8%

University of Virginia

3.8%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Tulane University

3.4%

Pace University - New York

3.4%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

31.9%

Computer Science

8.9%

Finance

8.4%

Management

6.2%

Accounting

5.6%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

Nursing

3.9%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Marketing

3.2%

Project Management

2.9%

Information Systems

2.7%

Psychology

2.6%

Economics

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Information Technology

2.2%

Political Science

1.9%

Mathematics

1.9%

Communication

1.8%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

40.5%

Bachelors

36.0%

Other

12.6%

Doctorate

5.2%

Certificate

3.1%

Associate

2.0%

Diploma

0.7%
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