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IT-SYSTEMS MANAGER, IN-DEPTH: Turned An Unpaid Internship Into A Successful Career

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George, IT and Systems Manager, describes what he loves most about his job, his greatest challenges, and how hard it is to get a job in his industry. Don't expect to start in a certain role, you have to earn your way to the top with hard work and knowledge. There's a lot more to technology than social media.

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.

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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