To work as a computer or information systems manager, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- have at least a bachelor's degree; and
- have more than five years of work experience in information technology (IT).
Education after high school
You need a bachelor's degree for most management positions. Common majors are computer science, information science, and management information systems (MIS). However, majors in math or other specialties, coupled with computer courses, are also acceptable.
In many cases, a master's degree is preferred. A master's degree in business administration (MBA) or management information systems (MIS) is good preparation.
Before you can be considered for this occupation, you must first prove yourself in a related occupation. Many computer and information systems managers work for several years as systems analysts or computer programmers before becoming managers.
You should consider participating in an internship while in college. An internship is usually part of a four-year degree program. It offers you a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a work situation. It also allows you to build skills and make contacts with people in the field.
Many managers receive up to six months of on-the-job training when they switch jobs.
Because of the fast changing demands of technology, employers often provide training or pay for college course work. This is so you can update your technical skills or expand your administrative skills.
Some branches of the military train people to become computer systems officers. Training lasts from five to 18 weeks, depending on your specialty. You need at least a bachelor's degree to enter this military occupation.