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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 Latino8.8%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix19.8%
George Washington University5.6%
University of Maryland - College Park5.6%
University of Southern California5.6%
New York University4.8%
University of Maryland - University College4.8%
Stevens Institute of Technology4.8%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute4.0%
University of Denver4.0%
Michigan State University3.2%
North Carolina State University3.2%
Ohio State University3.2%
Saint Mary's College of California3.2%
Pennsylvania State University3.2%
Texas A&M University3.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Manager, IT Systems & Services (Radiation Oncology)||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Dec 21, 2016||$214,406 -
|Senior Manager, Vehicle Safety Systems||Faraday&Future Inc.||Gardena, CA||Dec 28, 2015||$180,000|
|SR. Manager, Order Management Systems (OMS)||GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc.||King of Prussia, PA||Apr 21, 2015||$174,429|
|Senior Manager Communication Systems||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Jersey City, NJ||Aug 01, 2013||$168,788|
|Senior Manager, System Integration||Beats Electronics LLC||Santa Monica, CA||Apr 01, 2013||$167,000|
|Senior Manager Content Management Systems, CDT||NIKE, Inc.||Beaverton, OR||Mar 21, 2016||$166,000|
|SR. Manager, Information Systems||Stellus Technologies Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 02, 2016||$165,000|
|Senior Manager, Information Systems||Allscripts Healthcare, LLC||Atlanta, GA||Apr 22, 2014||$165,000|
|Senior Manager, Information Systems||Integrated Device Technology, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 22, 2014||$164,819|
|SR. Manager, Order Management System (OMS)||GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc.||King of Prussia, PA||Aug 19, 2013||$164,800|
|Senior Manager, ERP Systems||Nordstrom, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jul 18, 2016||$160,000|
|SR. Manager, System Test and Validation||Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 22, 2013||$160,000|
|Senior Manager, Information Systems||Integrated Device Technology, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 22, 2011||$160,000|
|Senior Manager Corporate Systems||Ann Taylor, Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 21, 2015||$160,000|
|Senior Manager, Master Data Management Systems||Mylan Inc.||Canonsburg, PA||Dec 12, 2016||$143,853|
|Senior Manager Information System Security||CSRA, LLC||Chantilly, VA||Jan 06, 2016||$142,822|
|SR MGR Information Systems||Amgen Inc.||Boulder, CO||Oct 07, 2014||$142,678|
|Senior Manager, Master Data Management Systems||Mylan Inc.||Canonsburg, PA||Dec 01, 2016||$140,000|
|SR. Manager-Information Systems||JFK International Air Terminal LLC||NY||Mar 31, 2016||$140,000|
|Senior Manager Information Systems||Amgen Inc.||Thousand Oaks, CA||May 14, 2014||$138,240|
|Senior Manager, Clinical Systems||Baxalta Us Inc.||Westlake Village, CA||Jan 07, 2015||$137,280|
|Senior Manager, Systems Reliability||Aliphcom||Sunnyvale, CA||Jan 22, 2013||$130,000|
|SR. Manager, Closure Systems||Tesla Motors, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 14, 2016||$129,438|
|Senior Manager, Information Systems||Inovalon, Inc.||Bowie, MD||Aug 25, 2015||$127,005 -
|Senior Manager, Quality Systems||G&W Laboratories, Inc.||South Plainfield, NJ||Aug 28, 2015||$126,672|
|Senior Manager, Systems||Blackhawk Network, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Sep 15, 2014||$125,909|
|Senior Manager-Accounting Systems||Weatherford International, LLC||Houston, TX||Apr 11, 2015||$125,445 -
|Senior Manager-Systems||Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates||Charlotte, NC||Aug 22, 2016||$125,112|
|SR. Manager Mechanical Systems||Rowan Companies Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 20, 2013||$125,000 -
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