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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 Latino7.1%
Black or African American0.5%
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University of Texas at Austin7.3%
University of Phoenix7.3%
Michigan State University6.6%
Arizona State University6.6%
George Washington University5.8%
Northern Illinois University5.8%
Pennsylvania State University5.1%
University of Cincinnati4.4%
University of Southern California4.4%
George Mason University4.4%
University of Massachusetts Amherst4.4%
Saint Louis University-3.6%
University of Pennsylvania3.6%
Ohio State University3.6%
Texas A&M University3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Director, Index Portfolio and Risk Solutions||Barclays Risk Analytics and Index Solutions Limited||New York, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$216,000|
|Solutions Director||Cadence Design Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 30, 2015||$214,864 -
|Director, Development Solutions||Microsoft Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$200,000|
|Director of Solution Architecture||Xavient Information Systems, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||May 18, 2012||$200,000|
|Director of Solution Architecture||Xavient Information Systems, Inc.||Irving, TX||May 18, 2012||$200,000|
|Director of Solution Architecture||Xavient Information Systems, Inc.||Herndon, VA||Oct 01, 2011||$200,000|
|Director-Customer Solutions||Nagarro, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 29, 2016||$195,208|
|Solutions Architecture Director||Coupons.Com Incorporated||Mountain View, CA||Jun 05, 2013||$185,000|
|Solutions Director||Cadence Design Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 03, 2015||$183,872 -
|Business Solutions Director||AIG PC Global Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 10, 2014||$180,000|
|Director-Client Solutions||Lexinnova Technologies, LLC||Houston, TX||Mar 30, 2015||$180,000|
|Business Solutions Director||AIG PC Global Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 09, 2014||$180,000|
|Director, Insights, Talent Solutions||Linkedin Corporation||San Francisco, CA||May 19, 2014||$148,800 -
|Director, Oracle Solutions||J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc.||Plano, TX||Dec 01, 2012||$146,286 -
|Director, Oracle Solutions||J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc.||Plano, TX||May 15, 2015||$146,286 -
|Director, Connectivity Solutions||Hill-Rom Company, Inc.||Cary, NC||Sep 09, 2012||$145,413 -
|Director of Track Solutions||Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.||Fleming Island, FL||Dec 12, 2016||$144,352|
|Director of Mobility Solutions||Interloc Solutions Inc.||Seattle, WA||May 04, 2012||$142,000|
|Director of Mobility Solutions||Interloc Solutions Inc.||Folsom, CA||Oct 15, 2011||$142,000|
|Director of Solution Support||MOKU Collective, LLC?||Seattle, WA||Jun 20, 2016||$130,000|
|Client Solutions Director||Allied Digital Services LLC||Torrance, CA||Jun 27, 2016||$130,000|
|Director, Solutions Architecture||Armored Autogroup, Inc.||Danbury, CT||Jan 09, 2016||$130,000 -
|Director, ATG Solutions Architecture||Ascena Retail Group||Pataskala, OH||Sep 11, 2015||$129,100 -
|Director, CFD Solutions||Altair Engineering, Inc.||Troy, MI||Aug 08, 2016||$127,200|
|Director, Client Solutions||Opower, Inc.||Nashville, TN||Jul 08, 2013||$125,000|
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