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Computer and Information Systems Managers

What they do?

Computer and information systems managers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of information systems and electronic data processing (EDP) departments and companies

B. Develop and implement policies and procedures for electronic data processing and computer systems operations and development

C. Meet with clients to discuss system requirements, specifications, costs and timelines

D. Assemble and manage teams of information systems personnel to design, develop, implement, operate and administer computer and telecommunications software, networks and information systems

E. Control the budget and expenditures of the department, company or project

F. Recruit and supervise computer analysts, engineers, programmers, technicians and other personnel and oversee their professional development and training.


Where they find work?

1. Computer systems design and related services 34.0%
2. Information and cultural industries 12.0%
3. Public administration 9.0%
4. Wholesale trade 7.0%
5. Finance and insurance 6.0%
6. Computer and electronic product manufacturing 4.0%
7. Educational services 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. You need a bachelor's or master's degree in computer science, business administration, commerce or engineering.

2. You also need several years' experience, including supervisory experience, in systems analysis, data administration, software engineering, network design or computer programming.

3. Many recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 3 in 10 have a graduate degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Physics
4. Computer Science

What can you expect to make:

Hourly wages ($35.11) are above the national average ($18.07). These earnings are above the average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences sector. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Computer and Information Systems Managers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Computer and Information Systems Managers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

1% of Computer and Information Systems Managers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for management occupations.

Unemployment

Computer and Information Systems Managers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Computer and Information Systems Managers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

Your work prospects are rated GOOD because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($35.11) are above the national average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (1%) is below the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Above Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average because Canadian households/businesses should continue to increase their use of information and communications technologies.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Computer and Information Systems Managers are found in Ontario and Alberta while the lowest concentrations are in Newfoundland and Saskatchewan.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (12%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Leadership

2. Business management

3. Entrepreneurship skills

4. Communication skills

Part Time Workers

Computer and Information Systems Managers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


1% of Computer and Information Systems Managers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 33,300 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 3% since 1997. The percentage of part-time workers (1%) is below the 2004 average (19%) and has dropped significantly since 1997.

Age Demographics

Computer and Information Systems Managers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Computer and Information Systems Managers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 5% of Computer and Information Systems Managers are self-employed. This is considered The percentage of self-employed workers is 5% compared to the 2004 average of 15% and has risen significantly since 1997. for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Computer and Information Systems Managers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


24% of the individuals employed as Computer and Information Systems Managers are women. Compared to other industries, this is The percentage of women is 24% compared to the 2004 average of 48% and has dropped significantly since 1997. .