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Working As A System And Applications 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

  • $109,000

    Average Salary

What Does A System And Applications Manager Do

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Duties

Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the overall technology strategy of their organizations. They help determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in a separate profile on top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and may be responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies or other research and development activities. When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.  

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

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How To Become A System And Applications 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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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before System And Applications Manager
Programmer 5.4%
Manager 5.0%
Consultant 3.6%
Partner 2.7%
Top Careers After System And Applications Manager
Consultant 8.7%
Manager 5.2%

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System And Applications Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

68.9%

Female

24.7%

Unknown

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

64.9%

Black or African American

11.5%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

33.3%

Cheyenne

33.3%

French

33.3%

System And Applications Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.3%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

7.8%

Webster University

6.3%

Georgia State University

6.3%

Michigan State University

6.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.3%

Eastern Michigan University

4.7%

San Francisco State University

4.7%

University of Florida

3.1%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.1%

University of Washington

3.1%

University of Rochester

3.1%

Boston University

3.1%

Community College of the Air Force

3.1%

New York University

3.1%

Bob Jones University

3.1%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.1%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.1%

Wilmington University

3.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.1%
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Majors

Business

23.8%

Computer Science

15.7%

Computer Information Systems

13.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.9%

Management

4.5%

Information Technology

4.5%

Finance

4.0%

Accounting

4.0%

Project Management

3.1%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

Computer Applications

2.7%

Information Systems

2.7%

Psychology

2.2%

Political Science

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Systems Engineering

1.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.1%

Masters

29.5%

Other

10.4%

Associate

6.1%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

1.1%
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$77,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a System And Applications Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a System And Applications Manager in the United States is $110,042 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $77,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $155,000.

Real System And Applications Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager Application Systems Finisar Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Mar 18, 2012 $175,950
Oracle Applications System Manager FX Direct Dealer LLC New York, NY Sep 22, 2014 $145,000
Oracle Applications System Manager FX Direct Dealer LLC New York, NY Jul 18, 2012 $140,000
Applications System Porgram Manager Applied Materials, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 07, 2010 $134,805
Systems Applications Manager Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Jan 05, 2015 $130,000
Oracle Applications System Manager FX Direct Dealer LLC New York, NY Oct 14, 2010 $130,000
Application Systems Manager BT Americas, Inc. Quincy, MA Jun 23, 2011 $118,970
Manager, Gis-Application Systems Software AG USA, Inc. Reston, VA Mar 15, 2012 $114,500
Application Systems Manager Northwestern University Evanston, IL Oct 01, 2011 $106,335
Manager-Open Systems Applications Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Apr 26, 2010 $106,309 -
$110,000
Land Transportation Application Systems Manager APL Logistics Americas, Ltd. Scottsdale, AZ Apr 10, 2016 $105,934 -
$110,000
Land Transportation Application Systems Manager APL Logistics Americas, Ltd. Scottsdale, AZ Dec 16, 2016 $105,934 -
$110,000
Land Transportation Application Systems Manager APL Logistics Americas, Ltd. Scottsdale, AZ Jul 10, 2015 $95,056 -
$101,300
Manager, Application Systems Administration Seattle Children's Hospital Seattle, WA Jun 01, 2011 $93,558 -
$137,701
Manager, Application Systems Administration Seattle Children's Hospital Seattle, WA Jun 01, 2011 $91,801 -
$137,701

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Top Skills for A System And Applications Manager

  1. Project Management
  2. Web Application
  3. Financial Statements
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  • Managed Business Intelligence and Lotus Notes development teams of 13 professionals, directing personnel and project management activities.
  • Supervised 13 programmers and 2 Senior Business Analysts on the Self Service team who were responsible for web application development.
  • Managed Financial Data warehouse project.
  • Designed, developed and implemented various complex reports and data presentations using Query, SQL, SQR and Crystal Reports.
  • Performed business analysis and created requirements definitions, data models, business process models to support business process changes.

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