Career Attributes

  • $83,826
  • 287,200
  • 3.2
  • 9.3%
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Computer Science
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Overview

Educational requirements for IT managers typically include a bachelor's or a master’s degree in computer science, engineering, information science, management information systems or other related majors. A master's degree can help IT managers gain promotions to more senior-level roles. With advanced education, these professionals may go on to become chief information officers or chief technology officers. Several years of experience (at least five years) in computer programming, systems analysis, software engineering and data administration are also required.

While acquiring the work experience needed to become an IT manager, individuals may want to obtain professional certification that can demonstrate their skill and knowledge in software programs, systems and applications. Apple, Microsoft and Cisco offer certification programs, and industry groups, such as the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) offers certification at the mastery, professional, specialty and basic levels.

What are IT Managers like?

Enterprising

Based on our pool of users, IT Managers tend to be predominately enterprising people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

IT Managers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1980 CareerExplorer users

Are IT Managers happy?

44thpercentile

IT Managers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 44th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

IT Manager Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of IT Managers

The most common degree held by IT Managers is Computer Science. 19% of IT Managers had a degree in Computer Science before becoming IT Managers. That is over 6 times the average across all careers. Business Management And Administration graduates are the second most common among IT Managers, representing 15% of IT Managers in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 2.4 times the average.

IT Manager Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an IT Manager, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of IT Managers % of population Multiple
Computer Science 18.5% 3.0% 6.3×
Business Management And Administration 15.5% 6.5% 2.4×
Management Information Systems 6.7% 0.4% 15.7×
Information Systems 5.7% 0.5% 10.7×
Psychology 4.7% 7.0% 0.7×
Economics 4.6% 4.0% 1.2×
Business 3.3% 2.6% 1.3×
Political Science 3.2% 2.9% 1.1×
Computer Networking 3.1% 0.3% 10.5×
Computer Engineering 2.8% 0.6% 4.8×
Computer Programming 2.6% 0.3% 8.6×
Biology 2.5% 3.6% 0.7×
Mathematics 2.5% 1.9% 1.4×
English Literature 2.5% 4.9% 0.5×
Communications 2.1% 3.4% 0.6×
International Relations 2.1% 1.5% 1.4×
Electrical Engineering 2.0% 0.9% 2.2×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 2.0% 1.6% 1.2×
History 1.8% 2.3% 0.8×
Physics 1.8% 1.0% 1.8×
Marketing And Marketing Research 1.7% 2.2% 0.8×
Graphic Design 1.7% 1.4% 1.2×
Fine Arts 1.5% 2.2% 0.7×
Finance 1.5% 2.1% 0.7×
General Engineering 1.5% 0.4% 3.9×
Mechanical Engineering 1.5% 1.7% 0.9×
Chemistry 1.5% 1.1% 1.4×
Geography 1.5% 0.6% 2.5×
Sociology 1.4% 2.1% 0.7×
Information Sciences 1.3% 0.2% 7.3×
Liberal Arts 1.3% 1.9% 0.6×
Web Design 1.3% 0.4% 3.3×
Accounting 1.1% 1.9% 0.6×
Business Economics 1.1% 0.8% 1.4×
Engineering Management 1.1% 0.2% 6.0×
Foreign Language Studies 1.1% 1.3% 0.8×
Network Administration 1.1% 0.1% 13.6×

IT Manager Education Levels

94% of IT Managers have a bachelor's degree. 6% of IT Managers have a master's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 0%
Bachelor's degree 94%
Master's degree 6%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Further Reading

  • CompTIA certification.comptia.org

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Career Attributes

  • $83,826
  • 287,200
  • 3.2
  • 9.3%
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Computer Science
More Attributes