A computer and information systems manager helps develop a business plan, overall supervise the network security and direct and monitor the internet operations. All computer related activities of the organization are planned, coordinated, researched, and facilitated by him. In consultation with higher management, a computer and information systems manager makes elaborate plans for achieving the goals in line with the technical and business goals of the organization. A computer and information system manager is required to plan and coordinate activities related to installation and upgrading of hardware and software, programming and systems design, computer networks development, and internet and intranet sites implementation which are planned and coordinated by a computer and information systems manager. He analyzes and determines immediate and long range equipment and personnel requirements. Involvement of computer and information systems manager is day by day increasing in the up-keeping, maintaining, and securing of networks.
The job requirements of computer and information systems managers differ greatly. For instance, a chief technology officer evaluates and latest and most innovative technologies and determine its utility for organization. He then reports it to the chief information officer. Chief information officers are considered top executives. There are information technology directors or management information systems directors that work under the chief information officer. A management information system director or information technology director is responsible for managing computing resources for the organization and the work of subordinate information technology employees is planned and directed by him. A project manager is responsible for developing requirements, budgets, and schedules for the information technology project for his firm. He is responsible at all stages of the project from development to implementation.
Education needs include preferably a graduate degree, especially an MBA with technology as a core component. Since great emphasis is laid on information technology besides standard business curriculum, this MBA degree differs from a traditional MBA. For a management position usually a bachelor's degree is required. There are some universities that offer degrees in management information systems.
Although not an essential requirement for a computer and information systems manager, a large number of certifications, often product specific, are available that could be helpful to a candidate in getting the best job prospects.
Depending upon the specialty and level of responsibility, earnings of computer and information systems managers vary to a great extent. In May 2006, a computer and information systems manager had a median annual earning of $101,580. The middle 50 percent of them had earnings between $79,240 and $129,250.
As per the Robert Half Technology 2007 Guide, the annual salary ranges of different positions of information systems managers were: $62,500 to $88,250 for Technical Services Manager and information technology manager; $107,500 - $157,750 for Vice President of Information Technology; $97,500 - $141,000 for Chief Security Officer and $101,000 - $157,750 for the Chief Technology Officer.
There were about 264,000 jobs of computer and information systems managers in US in the year 2006 25 percent of the computer managers were working in service providing industries, mostly in computer systems design and other related services; services of this industry covered custom computer programming services, computer systems or data processing facilities support services, computer systems integration design services, software installation, and disaster recovery services, etc. In addition to this industry, insurance and financial firms, manufacturers and government agencies also provided a large number of jobs to computer and information systems managers.
As per the prediction of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is expected that there will be growth of 16 percent during the decade from 2006 to 2016 in the employment of computer and information systems managers. This growth rate is faster than the average for all occupations. There are best job prospects for those applicants who have a strong understanding of business and good communication skills besides sound technical knowledge.
The best job prospects are expected for a qualified computer and information systems manager in view of rapid occupational growth and limited availability of technical workers. There will be the best job prospects for workers having specialized technical knowledge and strong communication skills.