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Computer Systems Managers

Computer systems managers, also known as computer and information systems managers, have an important role in the implementation of technology in their company or organization. They direct and oversee a company's computer-related activities. They manage Internet and computer operations, create business plans, direct the flow of work and assign projects to workers.

They plan and oversee the installation and upgrading of software and hardware, the development of computer networks, programming and systems design, and the implementation of Internet and intranet sites. Computer systems managers are involved with the maintenance and security of networks.

Computer and information systems managers typically oversee the work of systems analysts, support specialists, computer programmers and other computer related employees. They typically report to top management personnel.

Computer and information systems managers should have a comprehensive working knowledge of system analysis and programming. Computer systems managers should have advanced technical knowledge. They need the skills to translate the requirements of individual departments into an effective computer operation. Computer systems managers need to stay current with the latest developments in computers.

Those with the job title of Chief Technology Officer evaluate the latest technologies and decide how they can improve their organization. The Director of Information Technology oversees a company's computing resources. They ensure the security and availability of data and information technology services.

Responsibilities

  • Make sure departments have the required personnel and equipment to process information
  • Develop budgets
  • Plan for new equipment purchases
  • Evaluate and approve systems charts and programs before they are implemented
  • Assign tasks to personnel
  • Review the performance of personnel
  • Stay current with the latest technology
  • Provide data security
  • Review project plans in order to plan and organize project activity

Job Characteristics

Those in computer systems management positions spend most of their time working in offices. They work at least 40 hours per week and sometimes they have to work in the evenings and during the weekends in order to meet deadlines or to fix problems. They often communicate with department managers that have computer and network systems.

Those in computer systems management positions should have leadership skills. They also need to be detailed oriented, have good communication and organizational skills and be good at making assessments.

Employment Outlook

The employment growth rate for computer and information systems managers is projected to be 16% between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than average for all occupations. In order to stay competitive, companies will need to continue to install complicated computer networks and create more complex web sites and intranet. Also, just about every organization needs to keep their computer network performing smoothly. Also, the increasing importance of security should increase the need of computer managers.

The median annual earnings for computer systems managers in 2006 was $101,580. In descending order, the median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of computer systems managers are computer systems design and related services, management of company enterprises, data processing, hosting and related services and insurance carriers.

Computer and information systems managers are selected from the companies systems analysts and programmers or sometimes they're hired from outside the company. Some information technology companies have an executive training program. Those in computer systems management positions may move up to chief technology officer and then advance to chief information officer.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Computer and information systems managers typically have technical knowledge and a solid foundation of business and management principles. Typically a bachelor's degree and numerous years of experience are necessary for the position. Many companies provide training programs for their computer personnel.

Some of the important college subjects are programming, mathematics and business. Some universities provide a degree in management information systems.

Some employers prefer to hire a person that has an MBA with technology as a main component, especially employers at large companies. However, in small companies, employees without degrees that have programming knowledge can move up to a computer and information systems manager position.

Employers often seek candidates that have experience with the particular software or technology utilized by the company and have experience in business management or consulting.

Although certification is not essential for most computer and information systems manager jobs, certification can be useful in finding employment. The certifications are usually product specific and are typically administered by hardware or software firms.

Resources

Major Employers

The primary employers are manufacturing companies, government, insurance companies, industry and educational institutions.

Schools for Computer Systems Managers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Computer Systems Managers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Computer Systems Managers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 1220 $111,760
Birmingham 1220 $111,760
Huntsville 900 $139,310
Montgomery 300 $108,660
Mobile 280 $91,130
Tuscaloosa 90 $102,520
Opelika 60 $104,580
Auburn 60 $104,580
Decatur 40 $93,730
Dothan 40 $106,770
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 250 $113,440
Fairbanks 50 $110,590
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 5800 $132,500
Scottsdale 5800 $132,500
Phoenix 5800 $132,500
Sierra Vista 90 $118,650
Douglas 90 $118,650
Flagstaff 70 $78,670
Yuma 40 $86,290
Lake Havasu City 40 $96,070
Kingman 40 $96,070
Prescott 40 $98,360
Tucson N/A $99,070
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 1160 $97,110
North Little Rock 1160 $97,110
Little Rock 1160 $97,110
Jonesboro 40 $82,230
Hot Springs 30 $65,610
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
San Jose 13830 $178,590
Santa Clara 13830 $178,590
Sunnyvale 13830 $178,590
Los Angeles 13490 $140,080
Long Beach 13490 $140,080
Anaheim 13490 $140,080
Hayward 11090 $162,810
Oakland 11090 $162,810
San Francisco 11090 $162,810
San Diego 4260 $150,770
Carlsbad 4260 $150,770
Roseville 2130 $114,510
Sacramento 2130 $114,510
Arcade 2130 $114,510
Arden 2130 $114,510
Ventura 680 $128,490
Thousand Oaks 680 $128,490
Oxnard 680 $128,490
Santa Maria 550 $125,430
Santa Barbara 550 $125,430
Fresno 280 $115,620
Santa Cruz 280 $148,210
Watsonville 280 $148,210
Bakersfield 270 $109,650
Santa Rosa 220 $122,380
San Luis Obispo 130 $104,290
Arroyo Grande 130 $104,290
Paso Robles 130 $104,290
Stockton 130 $112,230
Lodi 130 $112,230
Salinas 130 $141,360
Vallejo 110 $104,530
Fairfield 110 $104,530
Modesto 110 $127,320
Porterville 70 $106,240
Visalia 70 $106,240
Napa 70 $106,810
Chico 50 $104,970
Merced 50 $122,810
Redding 40 $110,120
Yuba City 30 $111,430
San Bernardino N/A $114,640
Ontario N/A $114,640
Riverside N/A $114,640
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 4470 $149,060
Lakewood 4470 $149,060
Denver 4470 $149,060
Boulder 800 $143,650
Colorado Springs 630 $143,300
Fort Collins 260 $130,860
Greeley 40 $137,880
Grand Junction 30 $95,150
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 2970 $132,200
East Hartford 2970 $132,200
West Hartford 2970 $132,200
Bridgeport 2010 $142,700
Norwalk 2010 $142,700
Stamford 2010 $142,700
New Haven 740 $111,050
Danbury 270 $129,370
Waterbury 130 $113,420
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 70 $107,320
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 3540 $133,630
Fort Lauderdale 3540 $133,630
West Palm Beach 3540 $133,630
Clearwater 2230 $132,140
St. Petersburg 2230 $132,140
Tampa 2230 $132,140
Sanford 1510 $130,160
Orlando 1510 $130,160
Kissimmee 1510 $130,160
Jacksonville 910 $124,530
Titusville 580 $131,930
Melbourne 580 $131,930
Palm Bay 580 $131,930
Bradenton 260 $130,760
Sarasota 260 $130,760
North Port 260 $130,760
Tallahassee 230 $102,590
Lakeland 190 $118,610
Winter Haven 190 $118,610
Fort Walton Beach 150 $92,400
Destin 150 $92,400
Crestview 150 $92,400
Cape Coral 150 $116,750
Fort Myers 150 $116,750
Ormond Beach 110 $114,900
Daytona Beach 110 $114,900
Deltona 110 $114,900
Gainesville 100 $120,900
Ferry Pass 90 $112,820
Pensacola 90 $112,820
Brent 90 $112,820
Port St. Lucie 80 $108,860
Naples 60 $120,180
Immokalee 60 $120,180
Marco Island 60 $120,180
Ocala 40 $88,140
Panama City 30 $97,700
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 9750 $127,730
Atlanta 9750 $127,730
Roswell 9750 $127,730
Athens 140 $84,100
Clarke County 140 $84,100
Warner Robins 110 $92,530
Dalton 100 $112,900
Savannah 80 $102,830
Macon 80 $106,750
Gainesville 50 $110,320
Rome 40 $107,740
Valdosta 30 $105,060
Brunswick 30 $127,620
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 660 $101,720
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 700 $105,400
Idaho Falls 70 $98,930
Coeur d'Alene 60 $78,660
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 280 $105,580
Urbana 190 $108,380
Champaign 190 $108,380
Rockford 180 $90,920
Bloomington 170 $97,430
Springfield 120 $102,060
Decatur 30 $87,310
Danville 30 $91,230
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carmel 2550 $104,360
Indianapolis 2550 $104,360
Anderson 2550 $104,360
Fort Wayne 340 $102,600
Bloomington 240 $110,800
West Lafayette 170 $93,380
Lafayette 170 $93,380
Muncie 140 $100,120
Goshen 100 $92,070
Elkhart 100 $92,070
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 960 $124,650
West Des Moines 890 $120,090
Des Moines 890 $120,090
Iowa City 210 $110,900
Cedar Falls 100 $94,700
Waterloo 100 $94,700
Ames 100 $103,490
Dubuque 90 $86,980
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 410 $94,150
Topeka 230 $88,910
Lawrence 160 N/A
Manhattan 60 $82,610
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 380 $97,790
Lexington 380 $97,790
Fort Knox 60 $96,610
Elizabethtown 60 $96,610
Bowling Green 50 $87,730
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 570 $92,910
New Orleans 570 $92,910
Baton Rouge 510 $95,960
Lafayette 120 $75,410
Bossier City 120 $92,170
Shreveport 120 $92,170
Houma 40 $88,420
Thibodaux 40 $88,420
Monroe 30 $71,300
Lake Charles 30 $82,020
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 610 $107,680
Portland 610 $107,680
Bangor 110 N/A
Auburn 80 $101,180
Lewiston 80 $101,180
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 4240 $136,320
Towson 4240 $136,320
Columbia 4240 $136,320
Lexington Park 240 $136,760
California 240 $136,760
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 120 $106,410
Leominster 110 $120,600
Gardner 110 $120,600
New Bedford 100 $127,300
Pittsfield 60 $119,910
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 4730 $115,400
Detroit 4730 $115,400
Dearborn 4730 $115,400
Lansing 1250 $96,370
East Lansing 1250 $96,370
Wyoming 760 $98,120
Grand Rapids 760 $98,120
Ann Arbor 760 $119,950
Portage 190 $95,410
Kalamazoo 190 $95,410
Flint 150 $94,950
Saginaw 90 $103,540
Benton Harbor 80 $110,290
Niles 80 $110,290
Jackson 70 $103,530
Battle Creek 60 $89,690
Muskegon 50 $95,260
Midland 40 $91,130
Bay City N/A $93,840
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 430 $120,650
St. Cloud 150 $104,590
North Mankato 90 $108,630
Mankato 90 $108,630
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 410 $76,430
Gulfport 140 $91,440
Pascagoula 140 $91,440
Biloxi 140 $91,440
Hattiesburg 50 N/A
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 330 $84,860
Columbia 140 $92,400
Jefferson City 120 $78,880
Joplin 60 $94,910
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 90 $99,820
Missoula 70 $98,460
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 380 $98,220
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1000 $114,780
Henderson 1000 $114,780
Las Vegas 1000 $114,780
Reno 300 $107,450
Carson City 100 $89,260
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 280 $116,930
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 970 $129,410
Hammonton 200 $128,930
Atlantic City 200 $128,930
Bridgeton 30 $127,820
Vineland 30 $127,820
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 550 $103,340
Santa Fe 180 $92,650
Las Cruces 100 $84,610
Farmington 30 $78,360
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 1470 $116,400
Troy 1470 $116,400
Schenectady 1470 $116,400
Rochester 1400 $113,610
Niagara Falls 1040 $110,130
Cheektowaga 1040 $110,130
Buffalo 1040 $110,130
Syracuse 480 $125,350
Binghamton 170 $133,150
Rome 150 $93,350
Utica 150 $93,350
Ithaca 120 $104,620
Glens Falls 40 $93,360
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 3110 $125,800
Chapel Hill 1460 $135,250
Durham 1460 $135,250
High Point 680 $111,940
Greensboro 680 $111,940
Salem 500 $122,790
Winston 500 $122,790
Morganton 180 $109,980
Lenoir 180 $109,980
Hickory 180 $109,980
Wilmington 170 $125,450
Fayetteville 130 $113,960
Asheville 100 $100,720
Greenville 80 $106,730
Rocky Mount 70 $101,680
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 110 $93,750
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 3510 $124,960
Cleveland 2720 $120,300
Elyria 2720 $120,300
Dayton 1140 $123,020
Akron 740 $119,210
Toledo 390 $100,680
Canton 170 $94,910
Massillon 170 $94,910
Springfield 60 $116,760
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1570 $96,770
Tulsa 870 $101,510
Lawton 40 $95,510
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 310 $92,860
Salem 190 $98,240
Redmond 110 $104,830
Bend 110 $104,830
Medford 90 $88,740
Albany 30 $91,480
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 2660 $117,850
Carlisle 950 $112,020
Harrisburg 950 $112,020
Scranton 310 $120,840
Wilkes 310 $120,840
Hazleton 310 $120,840
Barre 310 $120,840
Lancaster 260 $106,390
State College 190 $90,460
Reading 180 $114,570
York 160 $109,220
Hanover 160 $109,220
Erie 110 $115,960
Altoona 40 $96,200
Johnstown 40 $117,680
Chambersburg 40 $126,900
Waynesboro 40 $126,900
Williamsport 30 $108,190
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 990 $69,800
Carolina 990 $69,800
San Juan 990 $69,800
Ponce 50 $54,570
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 1140 $105,110
Charleston 590 $118,960
North Charleston 590 $118,960
Mauldin 490 $100,830
Greenville 490 $100,830
Anderson 490 $100,830
Spartanburg 120 $105,160
Florence 100 $109,220
Bluffton 60 $107,770
Hilton Head Island 60 $107,770
Beaufort 60 $107,770
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 110 $122,240
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Davidson 3250 $98,220
Murfreesboro 3250 $98,220
Franklin 3250 $98,220
Nashville 3250 $98,220
Knoxville 580 $94,870
Johnson City 90 $98,870
Cleveland 50 $91,700
Jackson 40 $96,480
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 7840 $141,990
Dallas 7840 $141,990
Fort Worth 7840 $141,990
The Woodlands 5930 $143,010
Houston 5930 $143,010
Sugar Land 5930 $143,010
Austin 3090 $146,200
Round Rock 3090 $146,200
San Antonio 1220 $137,420
New Braunfels 1220 $137,420
El Paso 130 $115,220
Temple 100 $122,360
Killeen 100 $122,360
Beaumont 90 $114,390
Port Arthur 90 $114,390
Corpus Christi 70 $111,120
Abilene 60 $82,320
Waco 60 $110,180
Bryan 60 $126,600
College Station 60 $126,600
Lubbock 60 $127,660
Amarillo 50 $108,150
McAllen 50 $123,410
Mission 50 $123,410
Edinburg 50 $123,410
Longview 40 $118,030
Midland N/A $120,850
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1870 $117,020
Provo 740 $121,190
Orem 740 $121,190
Ogden 320 $120,560
Clearfield 320 $120,560
St. George 40 $79,340
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 250 $134,410
Burlington 250 $134,410
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 1620 $137,300
Charlottesville 280 $127,120
Roanoke 160 $121,290
Lynchburg 130 $117,910
Radford 100 $115,850
Christiansburg 100 $115,850
Blacksburg 100 $115,850
Harrisonburg 30 $93,680
Waynesboro 30 $113,800
Staunton 30 $113,800
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 8320 $144,900
Seattle 8320 $144,900
Bellevue 8320 $144,900
Spokane 370 $102,310
Spokane Valley 370 $102,310
Tumwater 180 $107,130
Olympia 180 $107,130
Richland 160 $123,900
Kennewick 160 $123,900
Silverdale 90 $101,410
Bremerton 90 $101,410
Bellingham 90 $115,420
Mount Vernon 50 $88,060
Anacortes 50 $88,060
Wenatchee 40 $109,930
Yakima 40 $115,640
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 150 $75,440
Morgantown 90 $113,880
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 2530 $113,930
West Allis 2530 $113,930
Milwaukee 2530 $113,930
Madison 1270 $107,310
Green Bay 370 $92,360
Appleton 260 $105,120
Neenah 200 $101,530
Oshkosh 200 $101,530
Eau Claire 170 $96,340
Sheboygan 120 $115,190
Wausau 100 $94,480
Racine 80 $113,720
Beloit 70 $96,920
Janesville 70 $96,920
Fond du Lac 60 $97,330
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 80 $85,890

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Computer Systems Managers

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Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 72,760 26% $117,680
Business Management 26,160 9% $115,150
Government 17,880 6% $96,120
Insurance 13,880 5% $109,390
Banking And Credit 13,580 4% $115,070
Education 12,570 4% $90,060
Durable Goods Wholesale 12,500 4% $121,710
Traditional Publishing 11,990 4% $123,800
Electronics And Computer 11,080 4% $127,530
Office Services And Staffing 8,990 3% $99,270
Securities And Investment 8,530 3% $136,590
Internet Service Provider 8,520 3% $116,260
Telecommunications 6,790 2% $120,030
Hospital 5,890 2% $98,000
Chemicals 3,560 1% $113,560
Other Information Services 2,930 1% $133,120
Non-durable Goods Wholesale 2,890 1% $99,060
Machinery 2,820 1% $101,550
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