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TECHNOLOGY MANAGER, IN-DEPTH: It's Afforded Me A Great Work Life Balance

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Alix goes in-depth talking about her career. She shares what she likes most about her job and what she finds most challenging . She also shares that the key decision she made to get where she is today, was to decide to go from working in a technology help desk role to a project management role. She says she had to put in extra time, and it was important for her to become an expert in her subject, and know what she was talking about before she could start telling people what to do.

Degree: English Language and Literature
Job Title: Technology Manager

Job Summary: Computer and Information Systems Managers

Job Description

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology managers (IT managers or IT project managers), plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing the appropriate computer systems to meet those goals.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Most jobs for computer and information systems managers require several years of experience in a related information technology (IT) job. Lower-level management positions may require only a few years of experience. Directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience. A chief technology officer (CTO), who oversees the technology plan for an organization, may need more than 15 years of experience in the IT field before being considered for a job.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$70,000 - $170,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Organizational skills

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m='64810'>people</span> <span m='65030'>do</span> <span m='67640'>closed</span> <span m='67890'>tickets</span> <span m='69070'>if they</span> <span m='69450'>can't</span> <span m='69710'>log</span> <span m='70030'>on.</span> <span m='70770'>If you're</span> <span m='71420'>willing</span> <span m='71710'>to</span> <span m='72550'>start</span> <span m='72880'>at</span> <span m='73140'>a</span> <span m='73270'>low level</span> <span m='73600'>and</span> <span m='73690'>work</span> <span m='73910'>your</span> <span m='74020'>way</span> <span m='74210'>up,</span> <span m='74580'>they're</span> <span m='75070'>always</span> <span m='75110'>looking</span> <span m='75330'>for</span> <span m='75630'>people to start there.</span> </p><p><span m='76150'>When</span> <span m='77160'>you</span> <span m='77320'>are in</span> <span m='77530'>project</span> <span m='77950'>work,</span> <span m='78510'>it</span> <span m='79040'>is</span> <span m='79590'>like</span> <span m='79810'>this,</span> <span m='80010'>ups</span> <span m='80080'>and downs.</span> <span m='81440'>It</span> <span m='81700'>can be</span> <span m='82080'>very,</span> <span m='82200'>very</span> <span m='82390'>busy, where</span> <span m='82620'>I</span> <span m='82730'>work</span> <span m='83410'>weekends.</span> <span m='83740'>It can</span> <span m='83780'>be,</span> <span m='84380'>some</span> <span m='84620'>days</span> <span m='84880'>I</span> <span m='84950'>feel</span> <span m='85140'>like</span> <span m='85330'>I</span> <span m='85390'>don't</span> <span m='85590'>have</span> <span m='85700'>enough</span> <span m='85890'>to</span> <span m='86010'>do.</span> <span m='87230'>If</span> <span m='87410'>you</span> <span m='87580'>are</span> <span m='87750'>in</span> <span m='87910'>a</span> <span m='88000'>mode</span> <span m='88300'>where</span> <span m='88460'>you're</span> <span m='88690'>supporting,</span> <span m='90470'>doing</span> <span m='90680'>what</span> <span m='90830'>they</span> <span m='90930'>call</span> <span m='91080'>\"production</span> <span m='91550'>support,\"</span> <span m='92250'>that</span> <span m='92450'>can</span> <span m='92610'>be</span> <span m='93060'>very,</span> <span m='93400'>very</span> <span m='94730'>the</span> <span m='94830'>same</span> <span m='95100'>hours</span> <span m='95400'>every</span> <span m='95600'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='96820'>I</span> <span m='96980'>personally</span> <span m='97370'>feel</span> <span m='97580'>that</span> <span m='97690'>it has</span> <span m='97870'>afforded</span> <span m='98360'>me</span> <span m='98660'>a</span> <span m='99550'>great</span> <span m='99950'>work-life</span> <span m='100130'>balance.</span> <span m='101460'>I'm</span> <span m='101620'>a</span> <span m='101660'>working</span> <span m='102010'>mom,</span> <span m='102490'>and</span> <span m='102670'>it's</span> <span m='102830'>really</span> <span m='103090'>been</span> <span m='103520'>terrific</span> <span m='103880'>for</span> <span m='103980'>me</span> <span m='104230'>to</span> <span m='104360'>have</span> <span m='105610'>some</span> <span m='106490'>ability</span> <span m='106890'>to</span> <span m='106980'>get</span> <span m='107260'>my</span> <span m='107370'>work</span> <span m='107640'>done.</span> <span m='110270'>I</span> <span m='110390'>can</span> <span m='110950'>work</span> <span m='111270'>four or</span> <span m='111540'>five</span> <span m='111830'>hours,</span> <span m='112360'>and</span> <span m='112560'>then</span> <span m='112740'>take</span> <span m='112940'>an</span> <span m='114120'>appointment,</span> <span m='114630'>and</span> <span m='114810'>then</span> <span m='114990'>come</span> <span m='115200'>back</span> <span m='115510'>and</span> <span m='115600'>work</span> <span m='115780'>a</span> <span m='115830'>few</span> <span m='116100'>hours.</span> <span m='117350'>I</span> <span m='117450'>have</span> <span m='117670'>a</span> <span m='117710'>lot</span> <span m='117900'>of</span> 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