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Working As A Technology Leader/Manager Information Technology

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $109,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Technology Leader/Manager Information Technology 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 Leader/Manager Information Technology

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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Manager 3.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$109,000
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$82,000
Min 10%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$146,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Fifth Third Bank
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Technology Leader/Manager Information Technology make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Technology Leader/Manager Information Technology in the United States is $110,020 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $82,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $147,000.

Real Technology Leader/Manager Information Technology Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Information Technology Manager Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Oct 26, 2016 $169,550
Lead Information Technology Manager Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Nov 15, 2016 $169,550
Lead Informationtechnology Manager Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Oct 28, 2015 $164,470
IT Manager-Supply Chain (Business Analyst Lead) Avon Products, Inc. Rye, NY May 27, 2015 $144,900
IT Manager-Unity Controlling Application Lead Johnson Controls, Inc. Plymouth, MI Feb 16, 2016 $142,043 -
$172,800
Lead IT Manager Soaprojects Mountain View, CA Aug 11, 2015 $122,762
IT Manager, CRM Delivery Lead VOYA Services Company Windsor, CT Jun 27, 2016 $120,000
Lead Manager-IT Delivery AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company New York, NY Mar 10, 2016 $120,000
Lead Analyst, IT-Release Manager Celgene Corporation Berkeley Heights, NJ Mar 04, 2013 $113,000
IT Manager (Tech Lead) Broadgate, Inc. French Camp, CA Oct 10, 2016 $100,464
Technical Lead .09 IT Proj MGR) Valuelabs Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 13, 2015 $75,000
IT Manager (Tech Lead) Procure Professionals Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Mar 15, 2015 $60,000
IT Manager(Team Lead) Key Business Solutions, Inc. Sacramento, CA Aug 15, 2015 $60,000
IT Manager(Tech Lead) Key Business Solutions, Inc. Sacramento, CA Apr 01, 2015 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Technology Leader/Manager Information Technology

  1. Customer Service
  2. Database Administrators
  3. SQL
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  • Commended for providing superior customer service and providing timely resolutions.
  • Manage a team of twelve database administrators who supported production utilizing Oracle, DB2 and MS SQL databases.
  • Developed custom COM objects using C++ to export Cache database tables to CSV files for import into a SQL server.
  • Evaluated new and evolving business requirements and recommended appropriate systems alternatives and/or enhancements to current systems.
  • Created robust data models, data dictionaries, and application architectures.

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Top 10 Best States for Technology Leader/Managers Information Technology

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  2. New York
  3. Delaware
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Washington
  6. California
  7. Rhode Island
  8. New Jersey
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Technology Leader/Manager Information Technology Demographics

Gender

Male

82.6%

Female

10.3%

Unknown

7.2%
Ethnicity

White

57.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Asian

11.8%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Thai

33.3%

Hindi

33.3%

French

33.3%

Technology Leader/Manager Information Technology Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.8%

Western Governors University

7.3%

Strayer University

7.3%

American InterContinental University

7.3%

College of Southern Nevada

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.9%

University of North Dakota

4.9%

Indiana Institute of Technology

4.9%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

4.9%

University of San Francisco

4.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.9%

George Washington University

4.9%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.9%

Westminster College (Utah)

4.9%

Wayne State University

4.9%

Saint Louis Community College

2.4%

Michigan Technological University

2.4%

Northland Pioneer College

2.4%

Texas Southern University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

23.7%

Computer Science

22.1%

Computer Information Systems

6.1%

Information Technology

6.1%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Management

3.8%

Finance

3.1%

Information Systems

3.1%

Engineering

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Education

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Chemical Engineering

2.3%

English

2.3%

Project Management

2.3%

Music

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%

Industrial Technology

1.5%

Computer Programming

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.5%

Masters

28.0%

Other

18.3%

Associate

5.5%

Certificate

1.8%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.6%
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