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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 Latino8.4%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix12.1%
MidAmerica Nazarene University6.9%
University of Chicago6.9%
Virginia Commonwealth University5.2%
University of Illinois at Chicago5.2%
George Washington University5.2%
University of Arizona5.2%
George Mason University5.2%
Washington State University3.4%
Case Western Reserve University3.4%
Arizona State University3.4%
San Jose State University3.4%
State University of New York Stony Brook3.4%
Florida International University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Account Technology Strategist||Microsoft Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 16, 2015||$193,891|
|SR. Director, Technical Strategist Startup Acceler||Citrix Systems, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jan 10, 2011||$180,000 -
|Information Technology Strategist||SPT Media Group, Inc.||Miami, FL||Oct 22, 2014||$174,283|
|Senior Technology Strategist||Hewlett-Packard Company||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 13, 2016||$165,426 -
|Acct Tech Strategist||Microsoft Corporation||New York, NY||Aug 20, 2014||$160,558|
|Partner Technology Strategist||Microsoft Corporation||Woodbridge, NJ||Mar 28, 2016||$158,454|
|Technology Strategist and Planner||Harman International Industries, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$157,000 -
|Associate Director, Technical Strategist||Paragon Solutions, Inc.||Cranford, NJ||Jan 09, 2016||$151,000|
|Account Technology Strategist||Microsoft Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Apr 07, 2015||$147,500|
|Account Technology Strategist||Microsoft Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Oct 22, 2013||$146,593|
|Clinical Provider Technical Solutions Strategist||North Shore-LIJ Health System||Lake Success, NY||Jan 12, 2015||$142,100|
|Business Technology Strategist||American Heart Association, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Oct 28, 2016||$141,100|
|Partner Technology Strategist||Microsoft Corporation||Bellevue, WA||May 11, 2016||$140,700|
|Enterprise Tech Strategist||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Feb 01, 2010||$131,200|
|Technology Strategist and Planner||Harman International Industries, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Feb 26, 2015||$130,374 -
|Account Technology Strategist||Microsoft Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 28, 2015||$130,255|
|Technology Strategist||Citrix Systems, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Jul 18, 2016||$130,000 -
|Technology Strategist-Ecosystem Engineering||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 10, 2014||$130,000|
|Technology Development Strategist III||Sprint Nextel Corporation||Overland Park, KS||Jul 11, 2011||$130,000|
|Strategist, Pre-Sales Technical Spclst (Cloud Solution Arch)||Hitachi Data Systems Corporation||Atlanta, GA||Aug 31, 2016||$129,854 -
|Enterprise Technology Strategist||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Sep 03, 2009||$123,000|
|Account Technology Strategist||Microsoft Corporation||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Sep 05, 2016||$122,510|
|Technical Strategist||Clear Wireless LLC||Herndon, VA||May 06, 2012||$122,000|
|Acct. Tech. Strategist*||Microsoft Corporation||Austin, TX||Jan 22, 2016||$121,735 -
|Chief Technical Strategist||Jelastic, Inc.||Aliso Viejo, CA||Dec 01, 2011||$120,000|
|Account Technology Strategist||Microsoft Corporation||Miami, FL||Sep 03, 2015||$119,210|
|Account Technology Strategist||Microsoft Corporation||Malvern, PA||Aug 24, 2014||$118,000|
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