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Become A Technical Director

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Working As A Technical Director

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $127,690

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Director Do

A Technical Director is an expert in a specific technical field, such as software, engineering, film, or television. They offer technical support, suggest alternative technical solutions to meet client requirements more efficiently, and manage multiple technical teams within their specific area.

How To Become A Technical Director

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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Technical Director Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    79.4%
  • Female

    17.8%
  • Unknown

    2.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.9%
  • Asian

    9.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.9%
  • Unknown

    2.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    40.1%
  • French

    14.2%
  • German

    6.5%
  • Chinese

    6.0%
  • Italian

    5.0%
  • Mandarin

    4.2%
  • Portuguese

    4.2%
  • Japanese

    3.7%
  • Russian

    3.0%
  • Arabic

    2.5%
  • Korean

    2.2%
  • Carrier

    1.7%
  • Greek

    1.5%
  • Hindi

    1.0%
  • Cantonese

    1.0%
  • Hebrew

    0.7%
  • Croatian

    0.7%
  • Swedish

    0.5%
  • Dutch

    0.5%
  • Indonesian

    0.5%
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Real Technical Director Salaries

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 -
$170,000
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 -
$180,000
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 -
$168,000
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 -
$140,000
Pipeline Technical Director Zam Network LLC Los Angeles, CA Jan 12, 2015 $115,000
Technical Director Pixar Emeryville, CA May 10, 2016 $113,838 -
$123,000
Associate Technical Director Leo Burnett Company, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 12, 2015 $112,856

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Top Skills for A Technical Director

WebVideoNetworkInfrastructureAudioCustomerServiceWindowsServerDatabaseArchitectureFinancialInternetProjectManagementSQLServerSafetySetupNewTechnologiesSuperviseDisasterRecoveryTechnicalSupportProductDevelopmentPolicy

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Top Technical Director Skills

  1. Web
  2. Video
  3. Network Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and maintained corporate website, marketing materials and promotions.
  • Oversee all aspects of worship production, which includes lighting, PowerPoint, video and live sound.
  • Designed and managed the implementation of several network infrastructure changes to increase productivity and speed of network access.
  • Researched, acquired and implemented advanced audio, video and lighting equipment.
  • Reduced customer service complaints by 50%.

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