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Working As A Technology Development 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

  • $119,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Technology Development 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 Technology Development 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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Top Careers Before Technology Development Manager
Consultant 6.4%
Manager 3.6%
Developer 3.0%
Top Careers After Technology Development Manager
Consultant 7.2%
Director 6.3%
Manager 4.9%
Principal 3.2%

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Technology Development Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

78.1%

Female

14.9%

Unknown

7.0%
Ethnicity

White

56.4%

Asian

15.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

10.2%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

17.6%

French

17.6%

Portuguese

8.8%

German

8.8%

Japanese

8.8%

Russian

5.9%

Italian

5.9%

Bulgarian

2.9%

Hindi

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Dutch

2.9%

Armenian

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Polish

2.9%

Korean

2.9%
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Technology Development Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.8%

George Washington University

6.7%

Michigan State University

6.7%

Arizona State University

5.9%

Stanford University

5.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.0%

Purdue University

5.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.2%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

4.2%

University of Toledo

4.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Washington State University

3.4%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.4%

University of Kentucky

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

18.3%

Computer Science

16.1%

Electrical Engineering

8.9%

Mechanical Engineering

6.2%

Chemistry

5.6%

Management

5.2%

Computer Engineering

4.4%

Chemical Engineering

4.4%

Finance

4.0%

Physics

3.4%

Project Management

3.2%

Information Technology

3.2%

Information Systems

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Materials Science And Engineering

2.4%

Engineering

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

English

2.0%

Education

1.8%

Management Information Systems

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

36.5%

Bachelors

35.2%

Other

11.9%

Doctorate

9.6%

Certificate

3.2%

Associate

2.2%

Diploma

1.4%
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$90,000
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$119,000
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Technology Development Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Technology Development Manager in the United States is $119,677 per year or $58 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $90,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $158,000.

Real Technology Development Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tech Manager Software Development AOL Inc. New York, NY Mar 24, 2016 $200,928
Manager, Development Technical KPMG LLP Montvale, NJ Sep 03, 2015 $190,000
Tech Manager Software Developer ADAP.TV Inc. San Mateo, CA Feb 16, 2016 $188,822
Manager SR. Development Tech Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 30, 2016 $187,682 -
$212,673
Manager, Developer Technology Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 12, 2015 $160,992
Manager, Credit Technology Development Team SG Americas Securities, LLC New York, NY Aug 29, 2013 $155,000
Technical Development Manager Vitech Systems Group, Inc. New York, NY Mar 23, 2014 $155,000
Technical Manager, Software Development AOL, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 26, 2015 $152,776 -
$193,700
Technical Manager, Software Development AOL Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 21, 2013 $149,885
Tech Manager-Software Development Verizon Telematics Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 25, 2016 $148,000
Technical Manager, Member Body Develop. International Federation of Accountants New York, NY Dec 15, 2013 $140,000
Development & Technical Architecture Manager American Marketing Association Chicago, IL Sep 12, 2016 $138,500
Technical Development Manager McKesson Corporation Emeryville, CA Sep 30, 2014 $126,630 -
$146,630
Technology Development Manager Innovation and Thoughts Labs LLC Easton, MA Sep 22, 2015 $126,152
Digital Technology Development Manager Accenture LLP Chicago, IL Aug 22, 2016 $126,000
Technical Development Manager-SAP Digital River, Inc. Minnetonka, MN Feb 03, 2015 $123,427 -
$133,931
Manager, Technology Development Ormco Corporation Glendora, CA Apr 01, 2014 $122,500 -
$130,000
Manager, Technology Development Ormco Corporation Glendora, CA Aug 05, 2014 $122,500 -
$130,000
Manager, Finance Technology Development Deloitte Services LP Chicago, IL Mar 02, 2015 $121,098 -
$124,098
Manager Development Technical KPMG LLP Montvale, NJ Jan 14, 2013 $111,200 -
$151,100
Senior Technology Development Manager Newark Corporation Chicago, IL Jan 27, 2014 $110,701
Technical Manager, Mobile Development International Sos Assistance, Inc. Trevose, PA Apr 22, 2013 $110,000
Technical Development Manager CSG Government Solutions Chicago, IL Mar 01, 2015 $109,720 -
$112,000
Technical Developer Consultant (Manager, IT) Optum Services, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Oct 20, 2014 $106,912
Manager, Finance Technology Development Deloitte Services LP Chicago, IL Jun 20, 2015 $106,400
Tech IP Development Manager Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Dec 14, 2016 $104,977
Manager, Finance Technology US COE Developer Deloitte Services LP Chicago, IL Jan 26, 2014 $104,000

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Top Skills for A Technology Development Manager

  1. Web Application
  2. Business Development
  3. Project Management
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  • Project: U. S. Department of Justice Operations and Maintenance Contract Responsibilities: Deliver maintenance/enhancement releases of existing Web applications.
  • Directed strategic product development and marketing for new business development with targeted growth into new market segments.
  • Managed feasibility studies and technical evaluations using the LBMS project management methodology for Marketing and Sales management systems.
  • Focus was on business development, technology development and identification of potential acquisitions targets.
  • Honored with award for turning around troubled engagements into successful delivery by providing the right architecture and solutions.

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