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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 Latino8.6%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix15.4%
University of Florida6.5%
University of Kentucky5.7%
University of Pennsylvania4.9%
University of Miami4.9%
Ohio University -4.1%
University of Saint Francis4.1%
Michigan State University4.1%
San Francisco State University4.1%
Arizona State University4.1%
State University of New York Buffalo4.1%
Rochester Institute of Technology4.1%
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor4.1%
University of Georgia4.1%
University of Oklahoma4.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Automation Systems Director||Mechoshade Systems Inc.||Islandia, NY||Jan 04, 2016||$212,000|
|Director of Pressure Drilling Systems||National Oilwell Varco, L.P.||Houston, TX||May 15, 2013||$183,340|
|Director of Systems Architecture||Ruckus Wireless, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 25, 2013||$180,000|
|Director-SAP Systems||Utegration, LLC||Houston, TX||May 12, 2016||$175,000|
|Director, Systems||Vadata, Inc.||Herndon, VA||Jun 05, 2015||$170,206|
|Director, TV Scheduling Systems||NBC Universal, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 01, 2010||$170,000 -
|Systems Director||FIS Management Services LLC||Addison, TX||Jul 14, 2014||$163,814|
|Systems Director||FIS Management Services LLC||Addison, TX||Sep 08, 2014||$163,814|
|Quality Systems Director||Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.||Tempe, AZ||Sep 10, 2011||$163,647|
|Quality Systems Director||Bard Peripheral Vascular||Tempe, AZ||Jun 23, 2010||$163,647|
|Director, Systems||Vadata, Inc.||Sterling, VA||Dec 30, 2014||$160,000|
|Quality System Director||Swift Beef Company||Greeley, CO||Dec 20, 2010||$160,000|
|Director, Systems||Amazon Global Resources, Inc.||Seattle, WA||May 15, 2010||$159,500|
|Director, Systems||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||May 15, 2010||$159,500|
|Director of Backend Systems||Wickr, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 08, 2016||$155,000|
|Director of Systems Architecture||Mileweb, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Feb 01, 2014||$150,000|
|Financial Systems Director||Holland & Knight LLP||Brandon, FL||Mar 09, 2016||$145,000|
|Global Business Systems Director||Population Services International||Washington, DC||Jun 18, 2012||$145,000|
|Financial Systems Director||Holland & Knight LLP||Tampa, FL||Sep 02, 2015||$140,000|
|Director, Systems and Capabilities||Educational Testing Service||Ewing, NJ||Aug 04, 2016||$138,096|
|Systems Director||The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation||Jersey City, NJ||Feb 15, 2016||$137,500|
|System Director of Ambulatory Services||Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center of Chicago||Chicago, IL||Sep 05, 2016||$135,000|
|Director of Systems Architecture-Cloud Identity||AUTH0 Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Aug 18, 2014||$120,000|
|Director New System Platform Launch||Schneider Electric Buildings LLC||North Andover, MA||Nov 15, 2009||$120,000|
|Director Smartcards and Systems||Abnote USA, Inc.||Boston, MA||Apr 01, 2012||$120,000|
|Director of Systems Architecture-Cloud Identity||AUTH0 Inc.||Redmond, WA||Aug 18, 2014||$120,000|
|Tolling System Director||NTE Mobility Partners||North Richland Hills, TX||Sep 10, 2013||$113,400|
|Commercial and Systems Director||Integrated Equipment, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 12, 2015||$110,000|
|Director of Plant Systems Biology (Biological Scie||Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory||Berkeley, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$108,000|
|Director, Systems Analysis||FMR Corp.||Boston, MA||Jan 12, 2010||$104,853 -
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