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Working As A Technical 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

  • $118,949

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical 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 Technical 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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Technical Manager Career Paths

Technical Manager
Information Technology Project Manager Delivery Manager
Delivery/Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Director Technical Development
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Technology Manager Senior Director Of Information & Technology
Executive Director, Information Technology
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Global Director Of Information Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Information Systems Manager
Information Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Infrastructure Project Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Technical Director
Senior Technical Director
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Director, Technical Operations
Vice President Of Technical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Vice President Technology Services
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Technical Manager 4.0 years
Technical Director 3.8 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 8.8%
Consultant 5.9%
Technician 5.8%
Engineer 3.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.3%
Manager 7.7%
Owner 4.4%
Director 4.1%
Technician 3.9%

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Technical Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

80.5%

Female

16.4%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

56.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Asian

13.1%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

French

11.1%

German

8.1%

Arabic

6.0%

Carrier

4.5%

Italian

4.3%

Russian

3.8%

Portuguese

3.8%

Chinese

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Mandarin

2.8%

Hindi

2.3%

Korean

1.8%

Cantonese

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Swedish

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Dutch

0.8%

Amharic

0.8%
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Technical Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.4%

Purdue University

5.8%

New York University

5.1%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Northeastern University

4.7%

George Mason University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.1%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.8%

Iowa State University

3.8%

Strayer University

3.7%

Drexel University

3.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

University of California - Berkeley

3.4%

University of North Texas

3.4%
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Majors

Business

23.0%

Computer Science

13.4%

Electrical Engineering

11.7%

Management

5.2%

Mechanical Engineering

5.0%

Information Technology

4.3%

Computer Information Systems

4.2%

Chemistry

3.7%

Chemical Engineering

3.2%

Finance

3.0%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Project Management

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Communication

2.5%

Engineering

2.2%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Accounting

2.0%

Information Systems

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.9%

Masters

27.2%

Other

18.3%

Associate

7.3%

Doctorate

4.4%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.2%
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Real Technical Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Technical Manager 3 Stanford University/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park, CA May 02, 2016 $220,000
Research Technical Manager 3 Stanford University/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park, CA Feb 05, 2016 $220,000
Technical Manager Exxon Mobil Corporation Spring, TX Jan 24, 2016 $216,050 -
$296,928
Technical Manager Exxon Mobil Corporation Spring, TX Jan 06, 2016 $216,050 -
$296,928
Developmental Technology Software Manager Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 05, 2016 $213,803
Technical Architecture Manager Informatica LLC Redwood City, CA Oct 06, 2016 $200,366
Technology Manager Prolifics, Inc. New York, NY Mar 13, 2015 $195,208
Staff Technology Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 11, 2015 $190,000
Technical Manager AKQA, Inc. New York, NY Mar 11, 2015 $188,843
Manager, Trading Technology Wellington Management Company LLP Marlborough, MA Sep 12, 2016 $185,000
Manager, Technology Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. DBA CONDÉ Nast New York, NY Jan 29, 2016 $185,000
Staff Technology Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 03, 2015 $184,300
Subsea Technical Manager Blue Ocean Technologies, LLC Conroe, TX Sep 13, 2016 $181,542
Manager Technology Sapient Corporation San Francisco, CA Jun 21, 2016 $124,775
Technical Manager Sungard Consulting Services LLC Houston, TX Jan 19, 2015 $124,770
Technical Manager Gigacom Semiconductor LLC Santa Clara, CA Oct 09, 2016 $124,758
IST Technical Proj MGR 5 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 26, 2015 $124,700 -
$187,200
Manager, Technology Thomson Reuters (Tax & Accounting), Inc. Carrollton, TX Oct 31, 2015 $124,552
Manager Technology Sapient Corporation New York, NY Dec 14, 2015 $124,200
Technical Manager Inergy Automotive Systems Kansas City, KS Mar 24, 2016 $124,200
PI-Enabling Technologies-SAP Manager (Multiple Positions) Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Houston, TX Apr 22, 2016 $123,900 -
$138,900
Technology Manager Sumtotal Systems, Inc. Gainesville, FL Aug 12, 2016 $101,215
Technical Manager Bally Gaming, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Mar 12, 2015 $101,156
Technical Manager Ilink Systems, Inc. Redmond, WA Aug 25, 2015 $101,088 -
$122,088
Manager Technology SAN Antonio Kautex Inc. San Antonio, TX Mar 04, 2015 $101,000
Technical Acceptance Manager (Engineer) Huawei Device USA, Inc. Plano, TX Jan 05, 2016 $100,800
Technical Manager-US Infosys Limited Weehawken, NJ Jan 11, 2015 $100,755

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Top Skills for A Technical Manager

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  1. Product Development
  2. Procedures
  3. Computer
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  • Created and implemented a divisional field technology strategy aligned with divisional and segment leadership, product development, and channel strategies/initiatives.
  • Developed the testing procedures for servicing and manufacturing to insure device perform as designed.
  • Provided technical consultation and marketing strategies for the personal computer and mini-computer system market to program managers.
  • Established and maintained internal websites for information, communications, and procedures.
  • Designed, implemented and managed group policy structure, increasing endpoint security and ensuring compliance with established policies and procedures.

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