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CAREER INFORMATION:

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. For complete story go to:

http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?
articleID=171203278

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 Nation. Overall wage and salary employment in the technology 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 through the year 2012.

In VA, the predicted average annual growth rate for Computer and Information Systems managers is expected to more than double that of other occupations. (VELMA 2005)

Nearly 50% employment growth is expected in Virginia through 2012. (VELMA 2005)

II. SALARIES

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)

In VA: entry level $64,276; median $96,103; experienced $114,107. (VELMA 2005)

III. NATURE OF THE WORK

TITLES INCLUDE: Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Security Officer, Management Information Systems (MIS) Director, 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 673)

- 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. (ISTM676)

- 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. (ISTM674, ISTM678).

- They confer with top executives, both within their organizations and with others, as well as with contractors and suppliers. (ISTM671, ISTM672)

- Due to the explosive growth of electronic commerce and the capacity of the Internet to create new relationships with customers, the role 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, advanced technical knowledge, and strong communication and administrative skills. (USDOL, BLS)

 
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School of Business,
Virginia Commonwealth University
1015 Floyd Avenue, Box 844000
Richmond, VA 23284-4000
Phone: (804) 828-1595
Fax: (804) 828-8884

Information Systems Department
1015 Floyd Avenue, Box 844000
Room 4181
Richmond, VA 23284-4000
Phone: (804) 828-1737
Fax: (804) 828-3199
E-Mail: Maureen Carley

 

    Last dated: 6/7/06