Also known as Application Development Director, Computing Services Director, Data Processing Manager, Information Systems Director (IS Director), Information Systems Manager (IS Manager), Information Systems Supervisor (IS Supervisor), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), MIS Director (Management Information Systems Director), Technical Services Manager
Also known as Application Development Director, Computing Services Director, Data Processing Manager
Information Technology Managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.
Information Technology Managers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Information Technology Managers. More generally, Information Technology Managers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an Information Technology Manager is $151,150, and the average salary is $161,730. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Information Technology Manager salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Information Technology Managers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Information Technology Managers earn less than $90,430 per year, 25% earn less than $116,990, 75% earn less than $191,470, and 90% earn more than $208,000.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Information Technology Managers is expected to change by 10.9%, and there should be roughly 42,400 open positions for Information Technology Managers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as an Information Technology Manager are usually higher in their Enterprising, Conventional, and Investigative interests.
Information Technology Managers typically have very strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Also, Information Technology Managers typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Information Technology Managers typically have moderate Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Information Technology Managers typically have moderate Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as an Information Technology Manager tend to value Working Conditions, Support, and Achievement.
Most importantly, Information Technology Managers very strongly value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Second, Information Technology Managers strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Information Technology Managers strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Information Technology Managers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, integrity, and dependability.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Information Technology Managers, ranked by importance:
Many Information Technology Managers will have a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Information Technology Managers usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Information Technology Managers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as computers and electronics, customer and personal service, or administration and management knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Information Technology Managers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Information Technology Managers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Information Technology Managers need abilities such as oral comprehension, written comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Information Technology Managers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Information Technology Managers frequently use skills like critical thinking, reading comprehension, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Information Technology Managers, ranked by their relative importance.
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