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Become A Senior Information Technology Manager

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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

  • $122,646

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Information Technology Manager Do

A Senior Information Technology Manager supervises the company's information technology projects. They provide administrative and directional leadership to staff in information technology areas.

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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Real Senior Information Technology Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Technical Professional Manager, Technology Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 10, 2015 $191,852
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
Senior Information Technology Manager Greenbay Infotech LLC Redmond, WA Jul 16, 2015 $176,446
SR. Information Technology Manager Greenbay Infotech LLC Redmond, WA Jul 16, 2015 $176,446
Senior IT Business Relationship Manager Abbott Laboratories Alameda, CA Oct 06, 2016 $171,290
SR. IT Practice Manager Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. Cambridge, MA Apr 29, 2015 $167,939
Senior Lab IT Manager Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 01, 2016 $165,000
Senior Technical Manager The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 13, 2015 $164,403 -
$202,000
Senior Technical Manager (Software Analyst) Align Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 14, 2016 $164,400 -
$170,000
Senior Technical Manager, SMP International Federation of Accountants New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $163,000
Senior Technical Manager Nutanix, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 14, 2016 $160,000 -
$200,000
Senior Technical Manager Nutanix, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 20, 2016 $160,000 -
$190,000
SR. Technical Manager, Iaasb International Federation of Accountants New York, NY Dec 21, 2015 $160,000
SR. IT Manager Life Technologies Corporation Pleasanton, CA Dec 16, 2016 $129,501 -
$221,000
Senior Technical Manager Mindtree Limited Warren, NJ Oct 24, 2016 $129,334
Senior Technical Manager Mindtree Limited Warren, NJ Aug 18, 2016 $129,334
Manager Technology Senior Wellpoint, Inc. Mason, OH Oct 11, 2015 $128,794
Senior Technology Manager Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 19, 2016 $127,150 -
$160,000
Senior Technical Platform Manager Acxiom Corporation San Francisco, CA Dec 12, 2016 $127,150 -
$145,000
Senior Technical Manager TK Holdings Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Aug 12, 2015 $126,321
Senior IT Manager Sunpower Corporation Austin, TX Sep 24, 2015 $126,000
VP; Senior Tech Manager-Applications Programming Bank of America Irvine, CA Mar 05, 2015 $115,274
Senior Technical Manager Graphene Inc. Milpitas, CA Apr 06, 2016 $115,200
Senior Technical Partner Manager, Developer Services Appdirect, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 04, 2016 $115,000
Senior IT Solution Manager-Corporate or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 13, 2015 $115,000 -
$135,000
Senior Technical Manager-US Infosys Limited New York, NY Dec 26, 2015 $114,483
Senior Technical Manager-US Infosys Limited Phoenix, AZ Aug 15, 2016 $114,483
Senior Technical Manager-US Infosys Limited New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $114,483
Senior Technical Manager-US Infosys Limited New York, NY Dec 14, 2015 $114,483

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Top Skills for A Senior Information Technology Manager

NetworkInfrastructureServiceDeliveryHardwareCustomerServiceComplianceStrategicDirectionArchitectureWebProjectManagementWindowsServerFinancialResourceDataWarehouseSQLServerDisasterRecoveryStorageDesktopBusinessUnitsBusinessProcessSLA

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Top Senior Information Technology Manager Skills

  1. Network Infrastructure
  2. Service Delivery
  3. Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed network infrastructure for data center consolidation project and led initiative.
  • Reduced service delivery cost by 20% by developing metrics to determine appropriate staffing levels and using contracts when possible.
  • Directed the integration of IT operations, computer hardware, operating systems, and software applications.
  • Received highest ratings in communications and customer service.
  • Facilitated compliance with regulatory requirements, Department of Defense registration, and consistent communication across all social media.

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