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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 Latino8.9%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix14.2%
Pennsylvania State University7.4%
New York University5.6%
Texas A&M University5.5%
Full Sail University5.1%
University of Southern California4.9%
University of Florida4.5%
Michigan State University4.4%
University of Texas at Austin4.1%
George Washington University4.0%
University of Washington4.0%
Ohio State University4.0%
Arizona State University3.8%
Rochester Institute of Technology3.8%
University of Pennsylvania3.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Technical Director||CPT Global Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 01, 2015||$300,000|
|Technical Director||CPT Global Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 30, 2015||$300,000|
|Technical Director||CPT Global Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 20, 2015||$300,000|
|Technical Director||CPT Global Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 01, 2016||$300,000|
|Technical Director, Dolphin Program||Georgia Aquarium, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Jan 01, 2015||$250,000|
|Director-Technology||Verizon Corporate Resources Group||San Jose, CA||Sep 11, 2016||$230,625|
|Director-Technology||Verizon Corporate Resources Group||San Jose, CA||Nov 09, 2016||$230,625|
|Technical Director||DAL-Tile Corporation||Dickson, TN||Sep 18, 2015||$229,400|
|Technology Director||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Jersey City, NJ||Aug 15, 2016||$225,000|
|Technical Director||DAL-Tile Corporation||Dickson, TN||Apr 09, 2016||$224,039|
|Technical Director||Symantec Corporation||Culver City, CA||Jun 20, 2016||$220,000|
|Business & Tech Innovation Principle Director||Accenture LLP||San Ramon, CA||Jul 22, 2016||$219,200|
|Director Technology Sensitive||National Government Services, Inc.||Baltimore, MD||Jan 21, 2015||$153,296 -
|Technical Director, Project Delta||Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation||Washington, DC||Sep 01, 2015||$153,000|
|Director II Technology||Anthem, Inc.||Manchester, NH||Aug 01, 2015||$152,318 -
|Technical Director, Propulsion and Rotating Machines||Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd.||Santa Clarita, CA||Jan 13, 2015||$151,360|
|Director of Innovations, Emv/Chip and Pin Technology||UL LLC||Fremont, CA||Oct 22, 2015||$151,179|
|Technical Director Sulfide Minerals||Flomin Inc.||Baytown, TX||Jan 05, 2016||$151,000 -
|Technical Director||Praxair, Inc.||The Woodlands, TX||Aug 26, 2015||$150,000|
|Technical Director||Accedo Broadband North America, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 03, 2015||$150,000|
|Technical Director Online Services||Electronic Arts, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Apr 21, 2016||$117,603|
|Technical Director of Lithography||Independent Can Company||MD||Apr 26, 2015||$115,482|
|Technical Director||Pixar||Emeryville, CA||Aug 29, 2016||$115,357|
|Technical Director of Engineering||Joest, Inc.||Lombard, IL||Jan 10, 2016||$115,000|
|Director, Technology and Connected Healthcare||Omron Healthcare Inc.||Lake Forest, IL||Sep 18, 2015||$115,000 -
|Pipeline Technical Director||Zam Network LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 12, 2015||$115,000|
|Technical Director||Pixar||Emeryville, CA||May 10, 2016||$113,838 -
|Associate Technical Director||Leo Burnett Company, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Sep 12, 2015||$112,856|
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