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Average Wages

Computer and Information Systems Managers


Industry Outlook

Career outlook is: excellent for the next 12-18 months

Job Description

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.


Also known as:
Information Systems Director (IS Director), Information Systems Manager (IS Manager), Data Processing Manager, Computing Services Director, Application Development Director, Technical Services Manager, MIS Director (Management Information Systems Director), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Information Systems Supervisor (IS Supervisor)

Average Career Wages

Co-Op / Internship

Securing an internship for this position is a good way in which to understand the expectations required for full time employment.

Typical Job Tasks

  • Develop computer or information systems.
  • Develop organizational goals or objectives.
  • Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities.
  • Direct organizational operations, projects, or services.
  • Resolve employee or contractor problems.
  • Confer with organizational members to accomplish work activities.
  • Coordinate operational activities with external stakeholders.


  • Manage operations, research, or logistics projects.
  • Evaluate employee performance.
  • Advise customers on technical or procedural issues.
  • Maintain knowledge of current developments in area of expertise.
  • Hire personnel.
  • Recruit personnel.
  • Conduct employee training programs.
  • Determine resource needs.
  • Develop organizational policies or programs.
  • Develop operating strategies, plans, or procedures.
  • Recommend organizational process or policy changes.
  • Prepare operational progress or status reports.
  • Analyze data to determine project feasibility.
  • Manage organizational or project budgets.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.


Required Skills

People in this career often have these skills:
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information.
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Speaking – Talking to others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.


  • Coordination – Changing what is done based on other people’s actions.
  • Writing – Writing things for co-workers or customers.
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Social Perceptiveness – Understanding people’s reactions.
  • Management of Personnel Resources – Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.
  • Systems Analysis – Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.
  • Systems Evaluation – Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
  • Time Management – Managing your time and the time of other people.
  • Active Learning – Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.


Projected Employment Numbers


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What Experience and Education do you Require?

Individuals in this field typically have:

  1.  Bachelor’s degree
  2.  5 years or more work experience
  3.  No on-the-job training

Typical Education Level Required

Background Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management – Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


  • Engineering and Technology – Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Personnel and Human Resources – Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.


Successful people in this career have ...

  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.
  • Deductive Reasoning – Using rules to solve problems.
  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Inductive Reasoning – Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Oral Expression – Communicating by speaking.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.


  • Information Ordering – Ordering or arranging things.
  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Written Expression – Communicating by writing.
  • Speech Clarity – Speaking clearly.
  • Speech Recognition – Recognizing spoken words.
  • Fluency of Ideas – Coming up with lots of ideas.