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Computer and Information Systems Managers
Computer and information systems managers plan, coordinate, and direct research and facilitate the computer-related activities of firms.
The Job
Computer and information systems managers direct the work of systems analysts, computer programmers, support specialists, and other computer-related workers. They plan and coordinate activities such as installation and upgrading of hardware and software, programming and systems design, development of computer networks, and implementation of Internet and intranet sites. They are increasingly involved with the upkeep, maintenance, and security of networks. They analyze the computer and information needs of their organizations from an operational and strategic perspective and determine immediate and long-range personnel and equipment requirements. They assign and review the work of their subordinates and stay abreast of the latest technology to ensure the organization does not lag behind competitors.
Work Environment
Computer and information systems managers spend most of their time in offices. Most work at least 40 hours a week and some may have to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines.
College Majors
A bachelor's degree usually is required for management positions, although employers often prefer a graduate degree, especially an MBA with technology as a core component.
Minimum Qualifications
Computer and information systems managers are generally experienced workers who have both technical expertise and an understanding of business and management principles. A strong educational background and experience in a variety of technical fields is needed.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Advanced technical knowledge is essential for computer and information systems managers, who must understand and guide the work of their subordinates yet also explain the work in nontechnical terms.
Quick Facts
  • Employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2016.
  • Many managers possess advanced technical knowledge gained from working in a computer occupation.
  • Job opportunities will be best for applicants with a strong understanding of business and good communication skills.
Compensation and Outlook
Wages of computer and information systems managers vary by specialty and level of responsibility. Median annual wages of these managers in May 2008 were $112,210. The middle 50 percent earned between $88,240 and $141,890.
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