Career Overview

Bachelor of Science Business — Information Technology Management

“Information technology (IT) managers are the guides who help organizations navigate the always-changing labyrinth that is modern technology.”
— U.S. News and World Report
Career Overview: Information Technology (IT) or Systems Manager

Over the next 10 years, qualified information technology (IT) and systems managers can count on consistently strong demand, attractive salaries, and excellent job security. Today, organizations of all types are working to navigate today’s rapidly evolving technology landscape, and they need qualified IT professionals with strong business management skills to help them stay ahead of the curve and meet their short- and long-term technology goals. In addition, the rapidly growing number of sophisticated cyber threats and attacks means organizations are placing a higher priority on protecting their digital information and assets. A bachelor’s degree in IT management from an accredited university opens doors to a range of entry-level IT management positions and provides a strong foundation for additional IT and business education and career advancement.   

Job Listing Growth

2014 - 2024

Between 2014 and 2024, 53,700 new IT management positions will need to be filled, which represents strong 15% growth over the next decade.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Career Opportunities

IT managers are responsible for directing a wide range of business-critical technology projects, which translates directly into consistently high demand and attractive salaries. Most successful IT managers combine strong technology aptitude and training with solid business skills, which they use to manage teams of cross-functional IT professionals. A bachelor’s degree in IT management meets the minimum requirements for most entry-level IT management positions, although many IT managers choose to pursue an advanced degree—such as a master’s degree in IT management or a master’s of business administration (MBA)—to open up additional career options.

IT Manager Ranks High on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Jobs” List Best Technology Jobs: #4 Best STEM Jobs: #7 Best Paying Jobs: #14 The 100 Best Jobs: #29
http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/it-manager

Positions in the Field

  • Information Systems Manager
  • IT Project Manager
  • IT Security Manager
  • IT Director
  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
Job Market Forecast

Job Growth

2014 - 2024

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects strong, consistent demand for IT management positions through 2024, with a 15% growth rate that handily outpaces the average for other occupations. As organizations continue to move their operations to more advanced digital platforms, they will need more qualified IT and systems managers to direct and implement their new technology programs and systems. Organizations will also look to hire more IT and security managers as they work to protect their information and systems from an ever-increasing number of advanced cyber threats.

Work Environment

In 2014, there were approximately 348,500 computer and information systems managers working in the United States across a diverse range of organizations and industries—from giant technology and telecommunications companies to healthcare organizations and managed services firms. Most IT and systems managers work full time in a traditional office environment, and they are generally responsible for supervising teams of functional IT professionals. Working as an IT manager can be stressful and may involve working long hours—especially when problems arise or key technology systems go down. In 2014, about two in five IT managers reported working more than 40 hours per week on average.

Where is the biggest demand for IT and systems managers?

According to the Robert Half 2016 Salary Guide for Technology Professionals, senior-level IT managers are in perpetually high demand—with many organizations struggling to find candidates with the right qualification. Demand tends to be especially high in the following areas:

  • Financial services providers looking to provide more advanced and reliable online banking and brokerage services for their customers.
  • Healthcare organizations that are embracing new technologies to meet strict regulatory demands and improve the quality of patient care.
  • Telecommunications companies that are dealing with relentless customer demand for better and faster connectivity, new devices, and more advanced services.
  • Managed service providers that are filling a variety of day-to-day IT needs for their customers—from cloud-based storage to network management.

Professional Organizations

Information technology is a diverse field with many professional organizations that can help you get a better sense for the profession. Use these resources to decide whether a bachelor’s degree in IT management is right for you.

Job Search Resources

Wondering what today’s IT management job market looks like? Check out these resources for more information about current openings, opportunities, and salaries.

Salary Stats

In May 2015, computer and information systems managers in the United States earned a median salary of $131,600. The best-paid people in the field brought home more than $187,200, while the lowest-paid still earned a respectable $80,160. Many of the highest-paying IT manager jobs are located in San Jose, San Francisco, and New York City. With additional experience, training, and education, IT and systems managers can also move into a variety of executive roles, including Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Security Officer.

AVERAGE SALARY OF JOBS WITH RELATED TITLES

Summary

IT and system managers help thousands of organizations leverage technology to become more efficient, nimble, and competitive. With strong demand, excellent salaries, and good opportunities for advancement, IT management can offer people with an interest in both technology and business management a rich and rewarding career. To pursue a successful IT or systems management career, you should start by earning a bachelor’s degree in information technology or systems management from a respected, accredited institution.

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