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Computer and Information Systems Managers

Computer and Information Systems Managers
Quick Facts : Computer and Information Systems Managers*
2010 Median Pay$115,780
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012307,900
Job Outlook18% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change55,800


Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology managers (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.

What Computer and Information Systems Managers Do

  • Plan and direct installing and upgrading computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization's network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of a new project to justify spending to top executives
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Negotiate with technology vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization

Work Environment

Most large companies have computer and information systems managers. The largest concentration of IT managers works for computer systems design and related services firms. Most IT managers work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to organizations upgrading their information technology (IT) systems and switching to newer, faster, and more mobile networks.
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Pay

The average salary of computer and information systems managers was $115,780 in May 2010.
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Computer and Information Systems Managers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Computer and Information Systems Managers

115780

Computer and Information Technology Occupations

81947.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Computer and Information Systems Managers*
Percent Change in Employment

Computer and Information Systems Managers

18.1228

Computer and Information Technology Occupations

20.80073003768921

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Computer and Information Systems Managers

Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor's degree in a computer- or information science-related field. This 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.
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