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IT-SYSTEMS MANAGER: 80% Dealing With Computers, 20% Managing People

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George describes his work running the IT department at his company, managing networks and servers, as well as the people who rely on them. Discovered his passion for IT while interning in high school, followed by a two-year unpaid internship in college that led to a full-time position.

Degree: Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management
Job Title: IT and Systems 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.

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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
National Statistic Change Location
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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
Indoor, Office, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Leadership ability, Organizational skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills
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m='15010'>people</span> <span m='15260'>can</span> <span m='15480'>connect</span> <span m='15830'>in</span> <span m='15970'>from</span> <span m='16180'>home.</span> <span m='17656'>And</span> <span m='18109'>that's</span> <span m='18562'>basically</span> <span m='19015'>what I</span> <span m='19468'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='20380'>A</span> <span m='20490'>typical</span> <span m='20910'>IT</span> <span m='21200'>job</span> <span m='21510'>is</span> <span m='21870'>it's</span> <span m='22100'>not all</span> <span m='22420'>computer</span> <span m='22730'>work.</span> <span m='22950'>You</span> <span m='23060'>have</span> <span m='23250'>to</span> <span m='23360'>deal</span> <span m='23550'>with</span> <span m='23710'>people,</span> <span m='24440'>and</span> <span m='24640'>it</span> <span m='24730'>definitely</span> <span m='25160'>helps</span> <span m='25450'>to</span> <span m='25550'>have</span> <span m='26100'>people</span> <span m='26370'>skills.</span> <span m='27980'>So</span> <span m='28240'>I'd</span> <span m='28430'>say</span> <span m='28610'>about</span> <span m='29110'>20%</span> <span m='29670'>of</span> <span m='29770'>it</span> <span m='29840'>is</span> <span m='29980'>dealing</span> <span m='30250'>with</span> <span m='30320'>people,</span> <span m='30680'>and</span> <span m='30770'>then</span> <span m='31240'>the</span> <span m='31390'>other</span> <span m='31520'>80%</span> <span m='32220'>is</span> <span m='32390'>dealing</span> <span m='32700'>with</span> <span m='33040'>the</span> <span m='33530'>systems</span> <span m='34010'>themselves.</span> </p><p><span m='34830'>So</span> <span m='35540'>I</span> <span m='35740'>started</span> <span m='36240'>off</span> <span m='36450'>in</span> <span m='36550'>college as</span> <span m='36990'>an</span> <span m='37090'>engineering</span> <span m='37720'>major.</span> <span m='39010'>Actually,</span> <span m='39330'>let me</span> <span m='39580'>step</span> <span m='39680'>back.</span> <span m='39920'>I</span> <span m='40060'>went back</span> <span m='40370'>to</span> <span m='40800'>in my</span> <span m='41170'>senior</span> <span m='41250'>year</span> <span m='41480'>of</span> <span m='41710'>high</span> <span m='41880'>school,</span> <span m='42230'>I interned</span> <span m='42880'>at</span> <span m='43030'>3Com</span> <span m='43500'>Technologies,</span> <span m='44520'>and</span> <span m='44630'>that's</span> <span m='44850'>where</span> <span m='44980'>I</span> <span m='45050'>found my</span> <span m='45460'>passion</span> <span m='46780'>for computers.</span> <span m='47750'>Then</span> <span m='47970'>I</span> <span m='48730'>went</span> <span m='48930'>to</span> <span m='49040'>college.</span> <span m='49440'>I</span> <span m='49510'>graduated</span> <span m='50020'>with</span> <span m='50160'>a</span> <span m='50210'>degree</span> <span m='50650'>in</span> <span m='50750'>information</span> <span m='51290'>technology.</span> </p><p><span m='52540'>And</span> <span m='53010'>I</span> <span m='53400'>got</span> <span m='53560'>another</span> <span m='53900'>internship</span> <span m='54400'>while I was</span> <span m='54770'>in</span> <span m='54900'>college,</span> <span m='55410'>and</span> <span m='55730'>I</span> <span m='55790'>did</span> <span m='55990'>that</span> <span m='56180'>for</span> <span m='56300'>two</span> <span m='56460'>years,</span> <span m='56840'>non-paid.</span> <span m='57840'>And</span> <span m='58330'>they</span> <span m='58460'>ended</span> <span m='58680'>up</span> <span m='58780'>hiring</span> <span m='59200'>me.</span> <span m='59785'>And</span> <span m='60140'>over</span> <span m='60380'>the</span> <span m='60540'>course</span> <span m='60840'>of</span> <span m='60920'>time,</span> <span m='61230'>I</span> <span m='61300'>just</span> <span m='61950'>moved</span> <span m='62150'>from</span> <span m='62360'>job</span> <span m='62630'>to</span> <span m='62730'>job</span> <span m='63100'>to</span> <span m='63230'>where</span> <span m='63420'>I</span> <span m='63470'>am</span> <span m='63680'>today.</span> </p><p><span m='64610'>What</span> <span m='64879'>I</span> <span m='64970'>would</span> <span m='65150'>tell</span> <span m='65349'>my</span> <span m='65500'>high</span> <span m='65680'>school</span> <span m='65990'>self</span> <span m='66430'>is</span> <span m='69310'>to stick</span> <span m='69490'>at it.</span> <span m='69820'>I</span> <span m='69920'>mean,</span> <span m='70390'>I</span> <span m='72800'>started</span> <span m='73120'>off</span> <span m='73270'>as</span> <span m='73400'>an</span> <span m='73490'>engineering</span> <span m='73940'>major,</span> <span m='74240'>and then</span> <span m='74525'>I switched</span> <span m='74810'>to</span> <span m='74910'>computer</span> <span m='75270'>science,</span> <span m='75640'>and then</span> <span m='75690'>I switched</span> <span m='76110'>to</span> <span m='76330'>information</span> <span m='76910'>technology.</span> <span m='77850'>And</span> <span m='78270'>it all led</span> <span m='78480'>me</span> <span m='78690'>to</span> <span m='78830'>where</span> <span m='79010'>I</span> <span m='79060'>am</span> <span m='79250'>today,</span> <span m='79510'>which</span> <span m='79720'>is</span> <span m='79860'>fine.</span> <span m='80630'>But</span> <span m='80940'>I</span> <span m='81040'>would</span> <span m='81190'>have</span> <span m='81850'>chosen</span> <span m='82230'>one</span> <span m='82390'>career path</span> <span m='82730'>and stuck</span> <span m='83040'>to it.</span> </p><p><span m='85220'>I'm</span> <span m='85450'>still</span> <span m='85670'>curious</span> <span m='86050'>about</span> <span m='86450'>the engineering</span> <span m='86820'>aspect</span> <span m='87240'>of things,</span> <span m='88080'>how</span> <span m='88500'>to</span> <span m='88590'>design</span> <span m='89080'>circuits</span> <span m='89580'>and</span> <span m='89700'>stuff</span> <span m='89960'>like</span> <span m='90150'>that.</span> <span m='91890'>So</span> <span m='92190'>I</span> <span m='92320'>would</span> <span m='92460'>have</span> <span m='92850'>definitely</span> <span m='93350'>told</span> <span m='93520'>myself</span> <span m='93960'>to</span> <span m='94459'>stick</span> <span m='94958'>to</span> <span m='95457'>a</span> <span m='95956'>path</span> <span m='96455'>and make</span> <span m='96954'>sure I</span> <span m='97453'>hang on.</span> <span m='98451'>Because</span> <span m='98950'>I</span> <span m='99449'>basically</span> <span m='100447'>gave up</span> <span m='100946'>when it</span> <span m='101445'>got too hard</span> <span m='101950'>and</span> <span m='102640'>chose</span> <span m='102910'>information</span> <span m='103380'>technology,</span> <span m='103820'>which</span> <span m='103990'>is</span> <span m='104100'>not</span> <span m='104280'>easy</span> <span m='104500'>in</span> <span m='104590'>itself.</span> <span m='104960'>But</span> <span m='105570'>eventually,</span> <span m='107580'>my</span> <span m='107760'>mindset</span> <span m='108540'>caught up</span> <span m='109320'>with</span> <span m='110030'>life.</span> </p>","file":{"id":294013,"video_id":"2700704917001","name":"743-George-ITAndSystemsAdministrator1","duration":111619,"thumbnail_url":null}});