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Working As a Systems 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

  • $112,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems 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 Systems 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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Systems Manager Career Paths

Systems Manager
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Infrastructure Project Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager
Regional Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Global Director Of Information Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Global Information Technology Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Vice President Information Systems
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Executive Director, Information Technology
9 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Director, Network Operations
Director Of Network Services
10 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Data Center Manager
Data Center Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager Information Systems Director
Information Technology Systems Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Corporate Director Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Project Manager Manager Applications Development
Director Of Business Systems
13 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
MIS Director 4.6 years
Systems Supervisor 4.5 years
Systems Director 4.2 years
MIS Manager 4.1 years
Systems Manager 4.0 years
Top Careers Before Systems Manager
Manager 7.0%
Consultant 6.8%
Programmer 4.1%
Supervisor 3.0%
Top Careers After Systems Manager
Consultant 10.9%
Manager 6.4%
Director 3.9%
Owner 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$112,000
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$84,000
Min 10%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Median 50%
$150,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Cooley
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Systems Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Systems Manager in the United States is $112,756 per year or $54 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $84,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $151,000.

Real Systems Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Completion Manager Gibson Applied Technology and Engineering, LLC Houston, TX Oct 15, 2015 $215,000
Systems Software Manager Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 06, 2016 $215,000 -
$233,744
Manager, Autopilot Embedded Systems Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 12, 2016 $190,000 -
$200,000
Manager, Autopilot Embedded Systems, Firmware Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 08, 2016 $190,000 -
$220,000
Systems Software Manager Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 14, 2016 $180,000
Manager, System Reliability Public Service Electric & Gas Company Newark, NJ Aug 04, 2016 $178,048
Systems Software Manager Nvidia Corporation Westford, MA Sep 05, 2016 $175,000 -
$181,202
Manager, Systems Epson America, Inc. Long Beach, CA Oct 20, 2015 $175,000
Manager, Metadata Systems Warner Bros. Technical Operations Burbank, CA Jul 10, 2015 $173,826
Systems Customer Manager Segment.IO, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 12, 2016 $173,056
Warehouse Control Systems Manager Amrapur Overseas, Inc. Garden Grove, CA Dec 17, 2015 $172,875
Manager, System Reliability Public Service Electric and Gas Company Newark, NJ Dec 11, 2016 $168,355
DPM Control Systems Manager M-I LLC Aka M-I Swaco Houston, TX Apr 25, 2015 $168,100
Systems Software Manager Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Feb 16, 2016 $164,780 -
$212,673
Decision Systems, Manager Homeaway.com, Inc. Austin, TX Nov 21, 2016 $131,263 -
$142,000
Manager, Systems Analysis Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 16, 2015 $130,395 -
$184,100
Manager, Asset Trust Systems Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Apr 27, 2015 $130,000 -
$160,000
Materials Management Manufacturing Systems Manager Shire Human Genetic Therapies Inc. Lexington, MA Nov 28, 2016 $130,000
Manager, ERP Systems TYCO Electronics Corporation, A Te Connectivity Ltd. Company Corcoran, MN Dec 10, 2015 $130,000 -
$134,000
Associate Systems Manager Pemco Mutual Insurance Company Seattle, WA Jun 22, 2016 $128,500 -
$141,500
Systems Manager Texas Instruments Incorporated Dallas, TX Sep 25, 2015 $128,000
Manager, Systems Architecture T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Apr 16, 2015 $128,000 -
$140,000
Ramco System Manager Era Helicopters LLC Houston, TX Feb 14, 2015 $109,242
Systems Manager Foodcomm International Swedesboro, NJ Apr 23, 2015 $107,682 -
$108,000
Systems Manager Foodcomm International Swedesboro, NJ Apr 15, 2015 $107,682 -
$108,000
Systems Manager Mphasis Corporation Jersey City, NJ Nov 04, 2016 $106,746
Systems Analysis Manager Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Bloomfield, CT Sep 27, 2016 $105,000
Vehicle Control System Manager Hummingbirdev Inc. Livermore, CA Dec 21, 2015 $105,000
Distribution Systems Manager GAF Materials Corporation Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Dec 23, 2015 $105,000
Systems Analysis Manager Cigna HLIC Bloomfield, CT Apr 20, 2015 $105,000

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Top Skills for A Systems Manager

  1. Customer Service
  2. Data Entry
  3. Windows XP
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  • Trained and mentor Customer Service Representatives to ensure accurate knowledge of Access Manager and installation of Remote Deposit Capture.
  • Designed and developed IMS programs to produce management reports and facilitate user interfacing for data entry.
  • Train employees on computer software including: Windows XP, 2000, 2003 Server, Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Outlook
  • Recognized by Diplomatic Security at the State Department for Outstanding Service and Dedication to the Project Management Engineering Group.
  • Coordinated modernization/upgrade of network infrastructure.

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Systems Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

70.1%

Female

22.2%

Unknown

7.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.8%

French

13.0%

Carrier

7.1%

Chinese

7.1%

Portuguese

4.9%

Japanese

4.9%

Mandarin

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Italian

2.7%

Korean

2.2%

German

2.2%

Hindi

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Cantonese

1.1%

Swedish

0.5%

Swahili

0.5%

Lithuanian

0.5%

Turkish

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%
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Systems Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.7%

Community College of the Air Force

12.5%

Webster University

4.7%

University of Maryland - University College

4.5%

George Washington University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%

University of Houston

4.0%

New York University

4.0%

Northeastern University

4.0%

Villanova University

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

DePaul University

3.4%

University of Washington

3.3%

Strayer University

3.1%

Boston University

2.9%

Colorado Technical University

2.9%

More Tech Institute

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

2.6%
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Majors

Business

28.0%

Computer Science

15.3%

Computer Information Systems

6.7%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Management

5.2%

Accounting

4.5%

Information Technology

4.5%

Finance

3.8%

Project Management

3.4%

Information Systems

3.2%

Marketing

2.5%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Communication

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Psychology

1.7%

Mathematics

1.5%

Political Science

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.3%

Masters

26.3%

Other

17.2%

Associate

8.8%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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