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Working As A Vice President Of 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

  • $143,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Vice President Of 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 Vice President Of 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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Top Careers Before Vice President Of Information Technology
Director 5.4%
Manager 5.1%
Consultant 4.2%
Top Careers After Vice President Of Information Technology
Consultant 7.7%
Director 3.0%
President 2.8%

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Vice President Of Information Technology Demographics

Gender

Male

82.7%

Female

15.2%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.5%

Japanese

9.4%

Portuguese

7.1%

French

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Russian

4.7%

Italian

4.7%

German

4.7%

Mandarin

3.5%

Chinese

3.5%

Serbian

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Gujarati

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Bulgarian

1.2%

Ukrainian

1.2%

Albanian

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%

Greek

1.2%
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Vice President Of Information Technology Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.9%

New York University

8.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

DePaul University

4.8%

Syracuse University

4.5%

Pace University - New York

4.5%

University of Southern California

4.5%

Villanova University

4.1%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Northwestern University

3.9%

George Washington University

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.5%

Saint John's University - New York

3.5%

Drexel University

3.3%

University of South Florida

3.1%

University of North Texas

3.1%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

27.4%

Computer Science

15.1%

Computer Information Systems

7.5%

Finance

6.4%

Management

5.6%

Information Technology

5.6%

Accounting

5.6%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Management Information Systems

3.9%

Information Systems

3.2%

Project Management

2.6%

Marketing

2.1%

Economics

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Psychology

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

Political Science

1.4%

Computer Engineering

1.3%

Engineering

1.1%

Communication

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.3%

Masters

34.9%

Other

13.7%

Associate

3.6%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Vice President Of Information Technology Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vice President, Information Technology Hp Enterprise Services, LLC Plano, TX Apr 03, 2015 $375,000
Senior Vice President, Information Technology Imperial Pacific International CNMI Jan 08, 2016 $350,000 -
$410,000
Vice President, Global Information Technologies and Services Ball Corporation Westminster, CO Jul 24, 2016 $310,000
Vice President, Information Technology Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, LLC Bridgewater, NJ Aug 24, 2016 $274,999
VP, Global IT Governance & Performance Measurement Stryker Corporation Kalamazoo, MI Aug 25, 2016 $258,000
Vice President, IT Department JGC America, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 30, 2015 $246,000
Vice President, IT Department JGC America, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 22, 2016 $246,000
Vice President, Information Technology Department JGC America, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 15, 2016 $246,000
Senior Vice President, Information Technology Imperial Pacific International CNMI Jan 08, 2016 $214,790 -
$410,000
Vice President of Information Technology (Consumer Group) Cable and Wireless Holdings, Inc. Coral Gables, FL Jan 09, 2016 $210,000
Vice President, Information Technology Roland Foods, LLC New York, NY Aug 10, 2015 $201,000
Vice President, Information Technology Roland Foods, LLC New York, NY Oct 19, 2016 $201,000 -
$230,000
VP IT PMO GBT Us LLC Phoenix, AZ Jan 08, 2016 $200,000
Vice President, Sourcing, IT, Design & Construction Regus Management Group, LLC Sunrise, FL Jan 21, 2016 $148,387 -
$200,000
Vice President, Information Technology Crunchtime Corp Carlsbad, CA Sep 20, 2015 $147,701
Assistant Vice President, IT Operations Arch Insurance Group Inc. Jersey City, NJ Sep 02, 2015 $147,000
Assistant Vice President-IT Application Management United Nations Federal Credit Union Islandia, NY Apr 23, 2015 $146,000
AVP, Idb-It, Production Support Tradeweb Markets LLC Jersey City, NJ Apr 08, 2015 $145,000
Vice President, Information Technology Business Solution Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC Jan 08, 2016 $143,936 -
$190,000
VP IT Development/Sr. Software Developer Finance of America Reverse, LLC. Edison, NJ Dec 09, 2016 $140,000
VP, IT, Development Tradeweb Markets LLC Jersey City, NJ Jul 13, 2015 $140,000
Vice President, IT & Engineering Robert Walters Associates California San Francisco, CA Dec 23, 2015 $118,331 -
$175,000
Vice President, IT & Engineering Robert Walters Associates California San Francisco, CA Oct 11, 2015 $118,331 -
$175,000
Vice President, Information Technology Morgan Stanley Services Group Inc. New York, NY Jul 21, 2016 $118,000
Vice President, Information Technology Mintel Group Limited Chicago, IL Aug 24, 2015 $117,000
AVP, IT, Database Administrator Tradeweb Markets LLC Jersey City, NJ Apr 21, 2015 $115,000
VP, IT, Quality Assurance Analyst Tradeweb Markets LLC Jersey City, NJ Jul 07, 2016 $115,000
VP IT Development Cit Bank, N.A. Livingston, NJ Oct 05, 2016 $115,000 -
$125,000
Assistant Vice President, IT Auditor Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $115,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Vice President Of Information Technology

Average Yearly Salary
$143,000
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$99,000
Min 10%
$143,000
Median 50%
$143,000
Median 50%
$143,000
Median 50%
$143,000
Median 50%
$143,000
Median 50%
$143,000
Median 50%
$143,000
Median 50%
$208,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Torrid
Highest Paying City
Novato, CA
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
4.8 years
How much does a Vice President Of Information Technology make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Vice President Of Information Technology in the United States is $144,041 per year or $69 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $99,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $209,000.

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Top Skills for A Vice President Of Information Technology

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Project Management
  3. Mpls
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  • Researched innovative ideas to support continuous improvement within applications, infrastructure and overall day-to-day business operations.
  • Performed succession planning in the areas of product/project management, application development, quality assurance, and infrastructure support.
  • Designed and built a state-of-the-art Cisco/Dell/EMC data center with environmental controls, disaster recovery site, and high-end MPLS network.
  • Spearheaded a three-year strategic plan for strengthening the replacement needs for end-of life infrastructures and developed strategic mapping for executive planning.
  • Assessed new technologies to determine applicability for new lines of business, new products of differentiation and innovation through information technology.

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