Computer and information systems managers, 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.
Most computer and information systems managers work full time. In 2014, about 2 in 5 worked more than 40 hours per week.
How to Become a Computer and Information Systems Manager
Typically, candidates need a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science and related work experience. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.
Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for computer and information systems managers will grow as firms increasingly expand their business to digital platforms.
Job Trends for Computer and Information Systems Managers
This occupation supported 332,700 jobs in 2012 and 348,500 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 4.7%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 15.3% in 2022 to 383,600 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 342,800, compared with an observed value of 348,500, 1.7% higher than expected. This indicates current employment trends are about on track with the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 16.1% in 2024 to 402,200 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 393,700 jobs for 2024, 2.1% lower than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are better than the 2012 trend within this occupation.