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Working As A Senior Information Technology 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

  • $124,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Information Technology 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 Senior Information Technology 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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Consultant 5.1%
Top Careers After Senior Information Technology Manager
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Director 4.2%
Manager 2.3%
Owner 2.2%

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Senior Information Technology Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

73.7%

Female

17.2%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

57.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Asian

12.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.4%

French

11.6%

German

8.8%

Carrier

4.8%

Chinese

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Mandarin

4.1%

Italian

4.1%

Portuguese

3.4%

Russian

2.7%

Hindi

2.0%

Dutch

2.0%

Korean

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Turkish

1.4%

Danish

1.4%

Ukrainian

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Swedish

0.7%
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Senior Information Technology Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.0%

George Washington University

6.9%

Pennsylvania State University

5.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.7%

San Jose State University

4.3%

Villanova University

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

DePaul University

3.8%

Strayer University

3.7%

University of Washington

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%

Capella University

3.6%

George Mason University

3.4%

New York University

3.3%

Southern Methodist University

3.3%

Webster University

3.3%

University of California - Berkeley

3.2%

Michigan State University

3.1%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.1%
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Majors

Business

26.9%

Computer Science

16.1%

Information Technology

6.7%

Electrical Engineering

5.8%

Computer Information Systems

5.8%

Management

4.8%

Project Management

4.3%

Finance

4.0%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Information Systems

3.5%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Accounting

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Education

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

Engineering

1.4%

Computer Applications

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.1%

Masters

34.2%

Other

13.8%

Associate

4.7%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.1%
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$93,000
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$124,000
Median 50%
$124,000
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$124,000
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$124,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
New Hampshire
Avg Experience Level
4.4 years
How much does a Senior Information Technology Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Information Technology Manager in the United States is $125,124 per year or $60 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $93,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $167,000.

Real Senior Information Technology Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Technical Engineering Manager Enlighted Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 12, 2016 $200,000
Senior Technical Professional Manager, Technology Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 10, 2015 $191,852
Senior Manager, Technology Compliance Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Mar 25, 2016 $188,822
Senior Design Technology Manager (Multiple Positions) General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Sep 11, 2016 $187,000
Senior Technical Staff Member Manager IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Sep 15, 2016 $185,597 -
$233,956
SR. Information Technology Manager Greenbay Infotech LLC Redmond, WA Jul 16, 2015 $176,446
Senior Information Technology Manager Greenbay Infotech LLC Redmond, WA Jul 16, 2015 $176,446
SR. Manager, IT Hosted Operations Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 08, 2016 $175,000
SNR. Manager, Tech, Infomgmt, Entdtamgmt/Mstrdtamgmt (Edm/Mdm) Deloitte Consulting LLP Philadelphia, PA Jan 29, 2015 $174,430 -
$188,500
SR. MGR.-Info. Technology (IT), Supply Chain APP. IT Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc. West Chester, PA Jul 15, 2016 $171,600
Senior IT Business Relationship Manager Abbott Laboratories Alameda, CA Oct 06, 2016 $171,290
Senior Manager, IT Architecture Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Aug 02, 2015 $170,643 -
$175,000
SR. Technical Engineering Manager Enlighted, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 24, 2015 $170,000
Senior IT Enterprise Program Manager Integrated Resources, Inc. Edison, NJ Feb 02, 2016 $169,978
Manager Technology Senior Caremore Health System Cerritos, CA Jun 25, 2015 $139,600 -
$158,727
Senior IT Solution Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 03, 2015 $139,000
Senior Manager Technology Sapient Corporation New York, NY Aug 11, 2015 $138,780
Senior Manager Technology Sapient Corporation New York, NY Nov 08, 2015 $138,780
SR. IT Manager, Manufacturing and Supply Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. Hopkinton, MA Sep 26, 2016 $138,112 -
$165,000
Senior IT Solution Manager Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Aug 13, 2015 $138,060
Senior Manager Technology Sapient Corporation Marlborough, MA Oct 08, 2016 $138,000
Senior Technical Manager-US Infosys Limited Sunnyvale, CA Aug 11, 2015 $123,407
Senior Technical Manager-US Infosys Limited Miami, FL Jan 09, 2016 $122,729
Senior Manager, IT Business Analysis Directv LLC El Segundo, CA Aug 17, 2015 $122,429 -
$145,126
Senior IT Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 05, 2016 $122,000
SR. Manager, IT Symantec Corporation Tucson, AZ Nov 09, 2015 $122,000
Senior IT Solution Manager-ENG. Cust. Inter. and Online or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 25, 2016 $122,000 -
$142,000
SR. Technical Manager Criticalriver Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 01, 2015 $121,909

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Top Skills for A Senior Information Technology Manager

  1. Project Management
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Service Delivery
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  • Provide technical project management for the Global Enterprise Technology & Solutions business unit to support corporate product implementations.
  • Managed daily IT operations with accountability for overall quality of service delivery, systems infrastructure, and implementation of technology strategies.
  • Influenced organization's long-term needs and priorities for application implementation and support for inpatient and ambulatory service delivery.
  • Tasked with resolving escalated customer service issues with high degree of confidentiality and customer satisfaction.
  • Worked cooperatively with regional Operations Manager to develop and implement strategic plans for internal and vendor technical support 28 drilling platforms.

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