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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 Latino10.2%
Black or African American0.3%
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University of Texas at Austin12.2%
Brigham Young University7.3%
University of Florida4.9%
University of Nebraska at Omaha4.9%
San Jose State University4.9%
Southern Methodist University4.9%
Georgia Institute of Technology -4.9%
Rochester Institute of Technology4.9%
University of Phoenix4.9%
University of Southern California4.9%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology4.9%
Colorado State University4.9%
Portland State University4.9%
University of Connecticut2.4%
California State University - Chico2.4%
University of Alabama2.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Software, Director||Samsung Research America, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jul 11, 2016||$230,000|
|Director, Software Engnieering||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 28, 2015||$215,000|
|Director Systems Software||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Mar 03, 2015||$204,240|
|Director-Client Software Systems/Desktop||Gracenote, Inc.||Emeryville, CA||Apr 02, 2014||$201,960|
|Software Director, APM & Platform||General Electric International, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Sep 17, 2016||$198,400|
|Software Director||General Electric Company||San Ramon, CA||Sep 17, 2016||$198,400|
|Director of Systems Software||Ruckus Wireless, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 26, 2013||$180,000|
|Director, Software User Interface||EMC Corporation||Hopkinton, MA||Jul 01, 2012||$180,000|
|Director, Software Architecture||Securityscorecard, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 17, 2016||$165,000|
|Director Systems Software||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 30, 2009||$163,750|
|Director of Software, Cloud Computing & Architecture||Mc10 Inc.||Lexington, MA||May 08, 2016||$160,000|
|Director, Software Architecture||Edmunds.Com||Santa Monica, CA||Mar 03, 2014||$159,043|
|Director, Smart Software Solutions||Flextronics International USA, Inc.||Plano, TX||Sep 25, 2015||$155,000|
|Director, Software Solutions||Prometrics, Inc.||King of Prussia, PA||Aug 02, 2016||$150,000|
|Director of Platform Software||Headspin, Inc.||Emeryville, CA||Aug 19, 2015||$150,000|
|Director of Software, Cloud Computing & Architecture||Mc10 Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Aug 19, 2015||$145,000|
|Director Class II & VLT Software||Wms Gaming Inc.||Chicago, IL||Jan 12, 2014||$145,000 -
|Director Class II & VLT Software||Wms Gaming Inc.||Chicago, IL||Dec 01, 2011||$145,000 -
|Director-Client Software Systems/Desktop||Gracenote, Inc.||Emeryville, CA||Apr 01, 2011||$140,000|
|Director of Software||Zipcar, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Jul 20, 2015||$138,362|
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