Information Systems, often called information technology (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 computer systems to meet those goals.

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

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Information Systems, often called information technology (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 computer systems to meet those goals.

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

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Employment projections data for computer and information systems managers, 2016-26


Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2016 Projected Employment, 2026 Change, 2016-26 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric
Computer and Information Systems Managers 11-3021 367,600 411,800 12 44,200 xlsx

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Employment projections data for computer and information systems managers, 2016-26


Occupational Title
Computer and Information Systems Managers
SOC Code
11-3021
Employment, 2016
367,600
Projected Employment, 2026
411,800
CHANGE, 2016-26
PERCENT
12
NUMERIC
44,200
EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY
xlsx

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Pay


The median annual wage for computer and information systems managers was $139,220 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $83,860, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000.

In May 2017, the median annual wages for computer and information systems managers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:


Information $153,120
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $146,450
Finance and Isurance $146,350
Manufacturing $141,380
Management of Companies and Enterprises $140,970

Most computer and information systems managers work full time. If problems arise, managers may need to work more than 40 hours a week to come up with solutions. In 2016, about 1 in 3 worked more than 40 hours per week.

Computer and Information Systems Managers


Median annual wages, May 2017


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

Job Outlook


Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Demand for computer and information systems managers will grow as firms increasingly expand their operations to digital platforms. Computer and information systems managers will be responsible for implementing these goals.

Employment growth will result from the need to bolster cybersecurity in computer and information systems used by businesses. Industries such as retail trade will need to implement more robust security policies as cyber threats increase.

An increase in the popularity of cloud computing may result in firms outsourcing services from in-house IT departments to cloud-computing companies. This will shift IT services from IT departments in noncomputer industries, such as financial firms or schools, to firms engaged in computer systems design and related services and those in data processing, hosting, and related services.

Computer and Information Systems Managers


Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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