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Career Profile: Information Manager

Why Is Information Systems Management a Job of Tomorrow?
Information systems managers, who help businesses successfully integrate technology into their daily functions, are highly sought after. Employment opportunities for information systems managers are predicted to grow 16 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information systems managers make an average salary of $101,580 annually, though income varies greatly depending on the setting. For example, those working with schools make an annual salary of about $83,280, while those working with companies make an annual salary of about $105,980.

What Does an Information Systems Manager Do?
Information systems managers assist in constructing business plans, overseeing network security and directing Internet operations. After consulting with the business about what it wishes to achieve and what its ultimate goal is in using technology, information systems managers coordinate the efforts of other computer experts, such as systems analysts, computer programmers and support specialists, to help meet the goals of the business. Specific duties of managers differ among different types of managers. Chief technology officers, for example, often look out for new products and developments in information technology to keep their organizations relevant and up to date. Management information systems directors, on the other hand, work with keeping the business' information secure and manning its help desk, where employees can call with technical issues. Project managers oversee the development of requirements, budgets and schedules of the business' technology projects. They are also responsible for upgrading companies' information security when such actions are needed.

What Kind of Training Do I Need to Become an Information Systems Manager?
All information systems managers must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field with at least three years of professional experience in information systems and analysis, according to the Kansas Department of Administration. However, many more employers now prefer applicants who have a graduate degree, such as a master's in computer science. A bachelor's level degree would take four years to earn, and a master's would require an additional two to three years to complete. Managers can choose to become certified, although it is not a requirement for the occupation.