Outlook for Computer and Information Systems Management
According to the Department of Labor (DOL), employment increases and the high demand for technical workers, prospects are excellent for those with computer systems qualifications. Employment of computer and information systems (CIS)managers is expected to grow 16 percent over the next decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, new applications of technology in the workplace will continue to drive demand for workers, fueling the need for more managers.
The DOL 2015 Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that fast-paced occupational growth and limited supply of technical workers will lead to a wealth of opportunities for qualified individuals. While technical workers remain relatively scarce, the demand for them continues to rise. Workers with specialized technical knowledge and strong communications skills will have the best prospects. People with management skills and an understanding of business practices and principles will have excellent opportunities, as companies are increasingly looking to technology to drive their revenue.
CIS Manager Salary Levels
Salaries for computer and information systems managers varies by specialty and level of responsibility. The median annual earnings of these managers in 2006 was $131,600. The average ranged from $80,000 to $180,000.
CIS Manager Training and Education Requirements
Usually a bachelor’s degree is required for management positions, but employers often prefer a graduate degree, especially an MBA with technology as a core component. This degree differs from a traditional MBA in that there is a heavy emphasis on information technology in addition to the standard business curriculum. This preparation is becoming important because more computer and information systems managers are making important technology decisions as well as business decisions for their organizations.
Some universities offer degrees in management information systems. These degrees blend technical subjects with business, accounting, and communications courses. A few computer and information systems managers attain their positions with only an associate or trade school degree, but they must have sufficient experience and must have acquired additional skills on the job. To aid their professional advancement, many managers with an associate degree eventually earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree while working.