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Computer and Information Systems Managers in California

May also be called: Information Systems Directors; Management Information Systems Directors; Information Technology Directors; Information Technology Managers; Data Processing Managers; Directors of Application Development; Technical Services Managers; Directors of Data Operations; Information Technology Systems Directors; and Management Information Systems Managers.

What Would I Do?

Computer and Information Systems Managers oversee a company’s technology department. They help plan, design, purchase, and install computer hardware, software, and peripheral equipment for business.

Although Computer and Information Systems Managers work in comfortable settings and enjoy an above-average salary, the work can sometimes be stressful. Strict deadlines and tight budgets can challenge even the most experienced Manager. In some cases, the Manager has to pitch in with staff to meet the expectations of the company’s upper management.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Computer and Information Systems Managers will appeal to those who enjoy activities that involve starting up and carrying out projects as well as following set procedures and routines.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2016 for Computer and Information Systems Managers in California is $157,401 annually, or $75.68 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Change to Hourly Wages
Annual Wages for 2016Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California$122,167$157,401>$145,600
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2016 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Most employers provide medical and dental insurance as well as vacation, sick leave, and retirement benefits. Many also offer vision and life insurance. Those in higher-level positions may receive additional benefits such as expense accounts and stock option plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

The outlook is quite good for Computer and Information Systems Managers. With the increased reliance on computers, networks, the Internet, and intranets, there will be a steady demand for qualified, experienced Managers who understand the advantages and limitations of a wide variety of technology solutions.

How Do I Qualify?

There are a number of ways for a person to obtain the training and experience to qualify for this occupation. These include education, experience in the field, or a combination of both. There is no single way for a job applicant to reach a level of competency that will appeal to an employer.

Most Managers, however, will have at least a bachelor's degree.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods.

Every industry has a need for technical staff to maintain their computer equipment, to incorporate new technology into the mix of existing machines, and to plan for new devices and software as it becomes available. Potentially, there are openings for Computer and Information Systems Managers in every area of the State, and in every industry.  Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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