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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|
|Business and System Integration Manager||Accenture LLP||New York, NY||Sep 12, 2016||$227,178|
|Senior Rail Systems Integration Manager||HNTB Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Oct 22, 2012||$200,000|
|System Integration and Validation Manager||Fisker Automotive and Technology Group, LLC||Costa Mesa, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$168,000|
|System Integration and Validation Manager||Karma Automotive, LLC||Costa Mesa, CA||Feb 11, 2015||$168,000|
|Business & System Integration Manager(Sr APP Architect)||Accenture LLP||Alpharetta, GA||Mar 18, 2015||$158,900|
|SAP Senior System Integration Manager||United Consulting Enterprises, Inc.||Santa Ana, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$156,000|
|Currency Management Systems Integration Manager||State Street Bank and Trust Company||Boston, MA||Jan 12, 2015||$155,000 -
|Systems Integration Senior Manager||Dell Marketing L.P.||McLean, VA||Jan 25, 2016||$155,000|
|Systems Integration Manager||MacYs.Com, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Dec 21, 2016||$147,846 -
|Business and Systems Integrations Manager-Digital||Accenture LLP||Chicago, IL||Mar 09, 2015||$140,000|
|Systems Integration Manager||MacYs.Com, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 02, 2016||$138,445 -
|Systems Integration Manager||Fluor Enterprises, Inc.||CA||Nov 12, 2015||$138,000|
|Master Global Systems Integrator (Global Account Manager)||Hitachi Data Systems Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 27, 2014||$137,228 -
|Business and Systems Integration Manager||Accenture LLP||Pittsburgh, PA||Feb 10, 2014||$125,100|
|Business and Systems Integration Manager||Accenture LLP||Issaquah, WA||Aug 08, 2014||$125,100|
|Systems Integrator (Client Account Manager)||Hitachi Data Systems Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 27, 2011||$121,459 -
|System Integrations Manager||MacYs.Com, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 16, 2015||$120,390 -
|Systems Integration Manager II||Dell Marketing L.P.||Plano, TX||Aug 27, 2016||$119,080|
|Systems Integration SR. Manager||Dell Marketing L.P.||Plano, TX||Aug 30, 2015||$118,790|
|Systems Integration Manager||Accenture, LLP||New York, NY||Nov 14, 2013||$110,300|
|Business & Systems Integration Manager||Accenture LLP||Philadelphia, PA||Nov 21, 2014||$110,300|
|Systems Integration Manager||Trilliant Networks, Inc.||Saint Louis, MO||Jan 28, 2011||$110,250|
|Systems Integration Manager (Engineer)||NABI Bus, LLC||Anniston, AL||Sep 30, 2013||$110,000|
|Business & Systems Integration Manager||Accenture LLP||New York, NY||Aug 11, 2015||$107,600|
|Business and Systems Integration Manager||Accenture LLP||Mountain View, CA||Aug 26, 2014||$106,200|
|Systems Integration Manager||Honeywell International, Inc.||Tempe, AZ||Jan 24, 2012||$104,062|
|Systems Integration Manager||Neoris USA, Inc.||Miami, FL||Apr 27, 2015||$101,000|
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