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IT INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGER: A Lot Of Paths Lead To The Same Place

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Terry shares his story about being an Information Technology Infrastructure Manager. He describes what he does on a daily basis and talks about how he got into this line of work. Terry says his path into IT wasn't a direct one; he first got a degree in a science and then switched into computers. Terry also provides some important advice to those thinking of getting into information technology.

Degree: Biology
Job Title: IT Infrastructure 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

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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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<span m='16239'>probably</span> <span m='16790'>about</span> <span m='17170'>25,</span> <span m='17450'>30</span> <span m='17730'>years</span> <span m='18580'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='19780'>I</span> <span m='21010'>went to</span> <span m='21170'>school</span> <span m='21530'>for</span> <span m='22430'>what</span> <span m='22570'>they</span> <span m='22690'>called</span> <span m='24400'>office</span> <span m='24700'>automation</span> <span m='25180'>back</span> <span m='25390'>in</span> <span m='25450'>the</span> <span m='25550'>'80s</span> <span m='26990'>which</span> <span m='27370'>involved</span> <span m='27980'>computer</span> <span m='28320'>operations,</span> <span m='28820'>programming,</span> <span m='29300'>and</span> <span m='29390'>such,</span> <span m='30110'>and</span> <span m='33070'>moved</span> <span m='33310'>up</span> <span m='33670'>along</span> <span m='34010'>the</span> <span m='34280'>line</span> <span m='34550'>there</span> <span m='34830'>working.</span> <span m='35705'>My</span> <span m='36070'>actual</span> <span m='36430'>degree</span> <span m='36840'>is in</span> <span m='36920'>biology</span> <span m='38390'>but</span> <span m='40540'>because</span> <span m='40980'>of</span> <span m='41130'>the</span> <span m='42320'>job</span> <span m='42560'>situation</span> <span m='43190'>in</span> <span m='43360'>the</span> <span m='43460'>area</span> <span m='43680'>where</span> <span m='43850'>I</span> <span m='43930'>am,</span> <span m='44600'>information</span> <span m='45180'>technology</span> <span m='45740'>seemed</span> <span m='45990'>to</span> <span m='46050'>be</span> <span m='46240'>a</span> <span m='46280'>better</span> <span m='46560'>fit</span> <span m='46910'>so</span> <span m='47120'>I</span> <span m='47430'>wound</span> <span m='47620'>up</span> <span m='47710'>going</span> <span m='47870'>to a</span> <span m='48150'>tech</span> <span m='48460'>school</span> <span m='48960'>actually</span> <span m='50230'>for</span> <span 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