Career Spotlight: IT Manager
Today, you would be hard-pressed to find a company or organization that operates without IT support. IT, or Information Technology, is a crucial part of the world and how it runs. Depending on the size of an organization and its needs, they may have their own IT department, or they may outsource their IT as needed. As technology advances, there is a greater need for people with specialized skills to help companies and organizations stay up to date with technology, and navigate technological issues that arise daily. In the insurance industry, an IT Manager serves as a liaison between the business side and technical side of projects. They need to understand and be able to analyze business needs while coordinating the correct IT support. If you have an interest in Information Technology, read on to see what an IT Manager does and what steps you can take to become one.
What is an IT Manager?
An IT Manager is someone who plans, initiates and manages IT projects and staff. As a management role, it requires whoever is in it to assign projects to the appropriate members of their staff, and to manage and lead a team of IT technicians and specialists. IT Managers plan and assess projects to make sure they are feasible, determine the requirements and ensure all deadlines, cost targets and standards are met. IT Managers may have to recruit, hire and train new staff members. In addition to the managerial level work they will do, IT Managers may also have to provide IT support for clients.
Career Pathway, Educational Requirements and Earning Potential
On average, an IT Manager makes $79,340 per year. Your earning potential depends on your level of education, experience and what certifications you may have earned. At the entry level, as a Computer Systems Analyst/Computer Support Technician, you will need to have a Bachelor’s degree, and can earn between $30,000 and $75,000 annually. Mid-level Information Technology Project Managers require a post-graduate degree, multiple years of related work experience and professional certification. At the mid-level, you can expect to earn between $50,000 and $100,000. Finally, the senior-level position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), requires a post-graduate degree, and many years of related work experience. CTOs typically make more than $90,000 per year.
Some mid and high-level positions require professional certifications you may not have if you obtained a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college. These certifications can not only help you get a higher position, they will also bump up your earning potential. Check out the Project Management Institute to become a Certified Associate in Project Management or Project Management Professional. Also look at CompTIA to see other certifications that can help, like the CompTIA A+ certification. You may also benefit from obtaining a Six Sigma Certification, which can be obtained at various business schools and will be advantageous in a variety of career fields.
If you think becoming an IT Manager sounds like a good career for you, check out our IT Manager Career Pathway for more details. You can also look at our other Insurance Career Pathways, and take our Insurance Career Survey to find out where else in the insurance industry you could thrive!