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Working As A System Development 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

  • $124,000

    Average Salary

What Does A System Development 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 Development 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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System Development Manager Career Paths

System Development Manager
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Global Director Of Information Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Of Professional Services
Vice President Of Professional Services
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Vice President Information Systems
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Executive Director, Information Technology
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Corporate Director Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager
Regional Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Vice President Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Service Delivery Manager
Account Delivery Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Director Program Management
Program Management Office Director
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Systems Director
Information Technology Systems Director
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Director Systems Development
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Director Of Project Management
Director Of Implementation
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Enterprise Project Manager
Enterprise Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development
Director Of Business Systems
13 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development Senior Information Technology Manager
Senior Solutions Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before System Development Manager
Consultant 5.9%
Manager 5.7%
Programmer 4.6%
Top Careers After System Development Manager
Consultant 8.7%
Director 4.5%
Manager 4.0%
President 2.8%

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System Development Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

71.5%

Female

20.9%

Unknown

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Portuguese

10.0%

French

10.0%

German

10.0%

Ukrainian

5.0%

Czech

5.0%

Carrier

5.0%

Dutch

5.0%

Russian

5.0%

Italian

5.0%
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System Development Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.9%

DePaul University

6.0%

New York University

5.3%

George Washington University

5.3%

Pace University - New York

5.3%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

5.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.3%

Purdue University

4.6%

Villanova University

4.0%

Wayne State University

4.0%

University of North Texas

4.0%

Georgia State University

4.0%

University of Washington

4.0%

University of Cincinnati

3.3%

University of Rhode Island

3.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.3%

Texas Tech University

3.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.3%
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Majors

Business

27.0%

Computer Science

22.6%

Computer Information Systems

5.4%

Electrical Engineering

5.0%

Management

4.1%

Finance

4.0%

Information Systems

3.8%

Project Management

3.6%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Accounting

3.1%

Information Technology

2.8%

Mathematics

2.5%

Marketing

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Economics

1.7%

Education

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Industrial Technology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.1%

Masters

30.9%

Other

10.6%

Associate

4.2%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

3.2%

Diploma

0.5%
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$91,000
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a System Development Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a System Development Manager in the United States is $125,056 per year or $60 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $91,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $170,000.

Real System Development Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Design and Development Project Manager Sysazzle, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 01, 2013 $171,134
Manager, Systems Design & Development AIG Employee Services, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Jul 18, 2016 $155,000
Manager, Systems Development Williams-Sonoma, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 04, 2016 $155,000
System Development Manager Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Jul 25, 2016 $150,000
System Development Manager Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Sep 12, 2016 $146,280
Manager-Systems Design and Development AIG Technologies, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Jun 20, 2016 $146,000
Manager-System Design and Development AIG Employee Services, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Jan 01, 2016 $146,000
Systems Design and Development Manager AIG Employee Services, Inc. New York, NY Apr 04, 2016 $145,000
Systems Design and Development Manager American International Group, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $145,000
Manager-System Design and Development AIG PC Global Services, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Nov 24, 2014 $142,000
EDI Systems Development Manager Onemind Health, Inc. Glen Allen, VA Jul 27, 2015 $141,253
Manager, Systems Development Williams-Sonoma, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 22, 2015 $137,900 -
$175,500
Manager, Systems Development International Securities Exchange, LLC New York, NY Feb 01, 2016 $136,800
Manager, Systems Design and Development AIG Employee Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Apr 19, 2016 $135,200
Development Manager-Core Systems United Nations Federal Credit Union Islandia, NY Feb 25, 2013 $121,396
Systems Development Manager Infinite Computer Solutions, Inc. West Sacramento, CA Aug 30, 2016 $120,640
INF Systems Developing Manager Evertec San Juan, PR Jun 06, 2013 $120,000
Manager, Systems Design and Development AIG PC Global Services, Inc. Charlotte, NC Jan 19, 2015 $120,000
Manager, Systems Design & Development AIG PC Global Services, Inc. Charlotte, NC Mar 21, 2016 $120,000
Manager, Systems Design and Development AIG Claims, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 16, 2015 $120,000
Manager, Systems Design and Development AIG Claims, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Feb 23, 2015 $120,000
Systems Development Manager Vectorworks Inc. Columbia, MD Aug 17, 2016 $120,000
Consulting Manager, Systems Development Prudential Insurance Company of America Scranton, PA Jun 17, 2016 $110,100 -
$142,900
SAP Systems Development Manager Citrix Systems, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Aug 14, 2015 $110,000 -
$120,000
SAP Systems Development Manager Citrix Systems, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Nov 07, 2016 $110,000 -
$120,000
SAP Systems Development Manager Citrix Systems, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL May 07, 2016 $110,000 -
$120,000
SAP Systems Development Manager Citrix Systems, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Mar 06, 2016 $110,000 -
$120,000
Systems Development Senior Manager Xerox Hr Solutions, LLC Edison, NJ Jun 14, 2013 $109,100
Systems Development Manager I Paychex, Inc. Webster, NY Apr 03, 2016 $109,000

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Top Skills for A System Development Manager

  1. Project Management
  2. Data Warehouse
  3. Systems Development
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  • Provided project management, analysis, documentation, measurement, reporting and test coordination for numerous projects of different sizes.
  • Designed and developed data warehouse and repository allowing staff to quickly query customer data and search for savings opportunities.
  • Managed three analysts responsible for assisting in systems development as well as creating interim reporting and temporary solutions to system constraints.
  • Presented financial statements to company owners and managers.
  • Emphasized adoption of comprehensive software development process to improve quality, maintainability and consistency.

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