What do they do?

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

Also known as:

Application Development Director, Computing Services Director, Data Operations Director, Data Processing Manager, Development Manager, Information Security Manager, Information Systems Director (IS Director), Information Systems Manager (IS Manager), Information Systems Supervisor (IS Supervisor), Information Technology Coordinator (IT Coordinator), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Systems Director (ITS Director), MIS Director (Management Information Systems Director), Software Engineering Director, Technical Services Manager, Technology Director

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Computer and Information Systems Managers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

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  • 11%

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    Ranks #36 in job growth rate
    1,360

    Job Openings

    Ranks #14 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (3%)
  • Master's degree  (26%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (45%)
  • Associate's degree  (8%)
  • Some college, no degree  (13%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (4%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (<1%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Develop computer or information systems.
  • Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities.
  • Develop organizational goals or objectives.
  • Direct organizational operations, projects, or services.
  • Confer with organizational members to accomplish work activities.
  • Coordinate operational activities with external stakeholders.
  • Resolve employee or contractor problems.
  • Manage operations, research, or logistics projects.
  • Evaluate employee performance.
  • Advise customers on technical or procedural issues.
  • Conduct employee training programs.
  • Hire personnel.
  • Recruit personnel.
  • Maintain knowledge of current developments in area of expertise.
  • Develop organizational policies or programs.
  • Develop operating strategies, plans, or procedures.
  • Determine resource needs.
  • Recommend organizational process or policy changes.
  • Review technical documents to plan work.
  • Evaluate project designs to determine adequacy or feasibility.
  • Prepare operational progress or status reports.
  • Analyze data to determine project feasibility.
  • Manage organizational or project budgets.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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