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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Technical Program Manager||IMDB.Com, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Oct 17, 2016||$187,287|
|Senior Technical Program Manager||Credit Karma, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 28, 2016||$185,000 -
|Senior Technical Program Manager, Channel Store and Billing||ROKU, Inc.||Saratoga, CA||Sep 14, 2015||$170,000|
|Senior Technical Program Manager||Twitter, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 22, 2015||$170,000|
|Senior IT Enterprise Program Manager||Integrated Resources, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Feb 02, 2016||$169,978|
|SR. Technical Program Manager||A9.Com, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||May 27, 2016||$164,382|
|Senior Technology Program Manager||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jun 09, 2015||$162,000|
|Senior Technology Program Manager||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 10, 2015||$162,000|
|Senior Technology Program Manager||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||May 29, 2016||$162,000|
|Senior Technical Program Manager||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Dec 26, 2016||$160,000|
|Senior Technical Program Manager||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||May 16, 2016||$160,000|
|Senior Technical Program Manager||OKTA, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 11, 2016||$160,000 -
|Senior Technical Program Manager||Amazon Web Services, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Dec 21, 2016||$155,200|
|Senior Technical Program Manager||Twitter, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 07, 2016||$155,000|
|Senior Technical Program Manager||Turn Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 09, 2016||$145,725 -
|SR. Technical Engagement Security Program Manager||Linkedin Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Mar 14, 2016||$145,350 -
|Senior Technical Program Manager||Litmus7 Systems Consulting Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 06, 2015||$145,000|
|Senior Technical Program Manager||Turbine Inc.||Needham, MA||Sep 08, 2015||$145,000|
|Senior Technical Program Manager||Litmus7 Systems Consulting Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 05, 2015||$145,000|
|Senior Technical Program Manager||Litmus 7 Systems Consulting Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 19, 2016||$145,000|
|SR Technical Program MGR||Velocloud Networks, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 10, 2016||$145,000|
|Senior IT Program Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Issaquah, WA||Apr 20, 2015||$133,267|
|SR. Technical Program Manager||Amazon Corporate LLC||Las Vegas, NV||Jan 28, 2015||$132,683 -
|Senior Technical Program Manager||The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.||Kirkland, WA||Aug 08, 2016||$130,000 -
|Senior Technical Program Manager||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Aug 08, 2016||$130,000|
|Senior Technical Program Manager||Coupons.Com Incorporated||Mountain View, CA||Mar 15, 2016||$130,000|
|SR. IT Program Manager||General Motors Company||Austin, TX||Sep 01, 2015||$130,000|
|Senior IT Program Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Dec 21, 2015||$129,500|
|SR Technical Program Manager III||Harman Becker Automotive Systems, Inc.||Novi, MI||Oct 08, 2016||$128,125|
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