Computer and Information Systems Manager  What They Do

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Computer and Information Systems Managers Career Video



Plans, directs, or coordinates activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Business Information Management pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Reviews project plans to plan and coordinate project activity.
  • Manages backup, security and user help systems.
  • Develops and interprets organizational goals, policies, and procedures.
  • Develops computer information resources, providing for data security and control, strategic computing, and disaster recovery.
  • Stays abreast of advances in technology.
  • Consults with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assess computing needs and system requirements.
  • Meets with department heads, managers, supervisors, vendors, and others, to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.
  • Provides users with technical support for computer problems.
  • Recruits, hires, trains and supervises staff, or participate in staffing decisions.
  • Controls operational budget and expenditures.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Information Security Manager -- Establishes organizational procedures and methods to protect sensitive data and information from being compromised by creating system security policies to eliminate computer hackers, viruses and other dangers associated with data security.
  • Quality Assurance Manager (QA Manager) -- Responsible for assuring that all products are defect free and compliant with technical specifications.
  • Systems Administrator -- Oversees networks and ensures security of information.
  • Web Administrator -- Manages web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities.
  • Chief Technical Officer -- Aligns a company's business objects and revenue goals with technology capabilities and internal processes.
  • Programming and Software Development Project Manager --
  • Software Project Manager --
  • Application Development Director --