IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.
The degrees/certifications required for this position may depend on the organization. Some people focus on gaining technical skills and certifications, while other focus on getting a computer-related or business degree that relates to technology. Typically, candidates need a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science and related work experience. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.
Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for computer and information systems managers will grow as firms increasingly expand their operations to digital platforms.
IT Directors can work in any organization that contains a lot of technology. This position may require someone to be on call and available at all times of the night when technology goes down.