Computer and Information
• 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. Median annual wages in the industries
employing the largest numbers of computer and information
systems managers in May 2008 were as follows:
– Software publishers $126,840
– Computer systems design and related services $118,120
– Management of companies and enterprise $115,150
– Depository credit intermediation $113,380
– Insurance carriers $109,810
• A bachelor's degree in a computer-related field usually is
required for management positions, or a graduates degree.
• MBA Programs (recommended)
• A bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field takes 4 years
to complete and includes courses in computer science,
computer programming, computer engineering, mathematics,
and statistics. Most also include general education courses
such as English and communications.
Entry Level Opportunities for
• Advertising and sales • Computer and information
managers systems managers may
advance to progressively
• Computer network, systems,
higher leadership positions in
and database administrators
an information technology
• Computer scientists department.
• Computer software engineers
and computer programmers
• Computer support specialists
• Computer systems analysts
• Engineering and natural
• Financial managers
Nature of Work
• Planning, coordinating, and directing research on the computer-related
activities of firms. In consultation with other managers, they help
determine the goals of an organization and then implement technology
to meet those goals. They oversee all technical aspect of an
organization, such as software development, network security, and
• Computer and information systems managers direct the work of other
IT professionals, such as computer software engineers and computer
programmers, computer systems analysts, and computer support
• They plan and coordinate activities such as installing and upgrading
hardware and software, programming and systems design.
• Evaluating the newest and most innovative technologies and
determine how these can help their organizations.
• Developing technical standards, deploy technology, and supervise
workers who deal with the daily information technology issues of
• Employment of computer and information systems
managers is expected to grow 17 percent over the 2008-
18 decade, which is faster than the average for all
occupations. New applications of technology in the
workplace will continue to drive demand for workers,
fueling the need for more managers. To remain
competitive, firms will continue to install sophisticated
computer networks and set up more complex intranets
and websites. They will need to adopt the most efficient
software and systems and troubleshoot problems when
they occur. Computer and information systems
managers will be needed to oversee these functions.
• I have a little knowledge as to • Relocating to a place I don’t
what I’m going to be doing in necessarily care for.
• Living in a small town.
• It will be more of a hobby than
a job because I’ve been doing • Getting paid a little less than I
things like this for years. want/need.
• Make my own hours.
• Team work skills
• MBA programs (2 years of study beyond the undergraduate degree)
• Courses on finance, marketing, accounting, and management, as
well as database management, electronic business, and systems
management and design.