According to a September 2005 survey of more than 600 technology professionals,
IT and telecom professionals are more optimistic about their futures
than workers in other sectors. They cite improved job satisfaction
and diminished worries about layoffs. More than 30 percent of those
surveyed expected their firms to increase hiring in the coming year.
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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
(http://www.bls.gov) the computer industry remains one of the 10
fastest growing industries in the
industry is expected to grow 55 percent by the year 2012. Demand
for managers to direct those workers will increase proportionately.
I. JOB GROWTH
Employment of computer and information systems managers
is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations
the year 2012.
In VA, the predicted average annual growth rate for Computer
and Information Systems managers is expected to more than double
of other occupations. (VELMA 2005)
Nearly 50% employment growth
is expected in Virginia through 2012. (VELMA 2005)
Base pay for IT professionals averages between 5% and 8% higher
than salaries for non IT workers. (Computerworld)
Average base salary for IS managers in 2005 is $83,600, up
3.1% from 2004. (Enterprise Systems 2005 Salary Survey)
VA: entry level $64,276; median $96,103; experienced $114,107.
NATURE OF THE WORK
TITLES INCLUDE: Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology
Officer, Chief Security Officer, Management Information Systems
Project Manager, LAN/WAN Manager.
Computer and information
systems managers play a vital role in the technological direction
of their organizations. Below are specific tasks they perform
and the FTEMS class that addresses those tasks.
- They analyze the computer and information
needs of their organization, from an operational and strategic
perspective. (ISTM672, ISTM
- They help determine both technical and business goals
in consultation with top management. (ISTM672)
- They are increasingly
involved with the upkeep and maintenance and security of networks.
- They assign and review the work of their subordinates
(ISTM671, ISTM675), and stay abreast of the latest
technology in order
to assure the organization does not lag behind competitors.
- They confer with top executives,
both within their organizations and with others, as well as
- Due to the explosive growth
of electronic commerce and the capacity of the
Internet to create new relationships
of computer and information systems managers
will continue to evolve in the future. (ISTM678)
IV. TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
Justin Sowers, Director of Global Business Technology,
Pfizer, Inc. says “I like to find people with
the depth of knowledge in business and a passion for technology,
with the appropriate
skills in both areas.”
The need is increasing for managers with both business savvy
and technical proficiency. Opportunities for obtaining
a management position
will be best for workers possessing an MBA with technology
as a core component, or a management information systems degree,
knowledge, and strong communication and administrative