Career Path Forecast
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
employment of computer and information systems managers is expected
to grow 17 percent over the 2008-18 decade, which is faster than the
average for all occupations.
New applications of
technology in the workplace will continue to drive demand for workers,
fueling the need for more managers. To remain competitive, firms will
continue to install sophisticated computer networks and set up more
complex intranets and websites. They will need to adopt the most
efficient software and systems and troubleshoot problems when they
occur. Computer and information systems managers will be needed to
oversee these functions.
Because so much
business is carried out over computer networks, security will continue
to be an important issue for businesses and other organizations, and
will lead to strong growth for computer managers. Firms will
increasingly hire security experts to fill key leadership roles in their
information technology departments because the integrity of their
computing environments is of utmost importance.
The growth of computer and information systems managers should be
closely related to the growth of the occupations they supervise.
computer and information systems managers, job growth is expected to be
the fastest in computer systems design establishments; software
publishing firms; data processing and hosting companies; management,
scientific, and technical consulting services; and healthcare
organizations. Increased consolidation of IT services may reduce growth
to some extent in other industries.
for qualified computer and information systems managers should be
excellent. Workers with specialized technical knowledge and strong
communications and business skills, as well as those with an MBA with a
concentration in information systems, will have the best prospects. Job
openings will be the result of employment growth and the need to replace
workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.