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Lily Buth '15 | Biological Sciences
Student | Melbourne, FL

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Wes Twohig '15
M.S. Systems Management
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Alumni
I have come back to FIT for a second masters because they provide me with tools I can apply today and strategic thinking skills to help me prepare for the future.
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Systems Management Careers

Demand for Computer and Information Systems Managers Remains Strong

In today’s digital world, it’s hard to find any segment of a business that doesn’t depend on IT. Businesses must efficiently and effectively manage and safeguard every aspect of their computer systems and data assets to maximize business operations and employee productivity. Systems management experts are a vital part of the organization and as business and personal life continue to expand with the tools of technology, systems management careers will continue to expand.

There are various roles in systems management careers and a wide range of duties depending on the type and size of the company. Some managers analyze an organization’s needs and recommend hardware and software. Others install and implement training, plan and direct the work of IT staff members, negotiate with vendors or oversee security concerns. No matter what role a graduate chooses for their career, each demands the diverse and thorough technical expertise a master’s in systems management from Florida Tech provides. 

Career Outlook 

Demand for computer, information and systems management experts will increase as technology continues to diversify including new solutions in wireless, mobile and cloud networks. A rapid increase in demand for computer software and applications will also increase the need for employees at all levels of management to identify strategies and manage production and implementation. 

The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), predicts systems management careers to increase 15 percent through 2022. Certain segments of the economy are predicted to have higher than average growth including healthcare, financial firms, schools, and manufacturing. Because innovation is fast paced in the technological arena, numerous are available to individuals who have knowledge of and experience with the newest technologies.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides information on systems management careers as well as hundreds of other occupations, including entry-level education, overall working environment and employment prospects. 

Career Options

  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • IT Director
  • IT Security Manager
  • Information Systems Manager
  • IT Infrastructure Manager
  • Systems Operations Manager
  • Network Architect
  • Network Administrator
  • IT Project Manager
  • Database Administrator
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Web Architect

Salary Expectations

Salaries for systems management careers range widely and are dependent on a number of factors including company size, location and level of education. Entry-level salaries are reported by PayScale.com (an online salary information company providing real-time information on job market compensation) to be:

  • Information Technology: $48,900 with earning potential to $81,700.
  • Information Systems: $50,900 with earning potential to $86,700.
  • Management Information Systems: $51,600 with earning potential to $88,600.

Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on these and other jobs in systems management. In addition to the wages individuals earn, master’s degree graduates often earn other compensation such as stock options, performance bonuses, expense allowances, and company-paid benefits.