Technology Management Careers

Job Opportunities Available In Every Industry

Successful technology managers are experts in the latest technological developments to help businesses compete and succeed. They apply organizational and managerial expertise with their technological knowledge to offer employers a well-rounded leader who can manage the technology solutions used by an organization.

Technology management careers involve a variety of duties from directing computer information staff, supervising programmers and systems analysts, leading software engineers and performing strategic planning and implementation based on corporate goals. They also typically evaluate new technology packages to determine suitability, benefits and return on investment. Technology managers could also plan, install and upgrade systems, implement and maintain websites and ensure security of networks.

In its annual Forecast Survey, Technology magazine ComputerWorld revealed technology skills aren't the only factor employers consider when hiring personnel. The two most important characteristics, according to the survey, are the ability to collaborate (cited by 66% of the respondents) and the ability to communicate with business users (62%).

Career Outlook

Technology management careers can be found in just about any industry and segment of the economy, as technology is the foundation of how companies do business. The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), predicts employment of computer and information systems mangers to grow 15 percent through 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

One reason for this demand is the increase in use of wireless and mobile networks in the business environment. App development, an increase in new computer software and cyber security will also increase the need for employees at all levels of technology management. Graduates will see jobs in expanding industry segments such as healthcare, cloud computing, education and financial firms.

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

Technology Management Careers

  • Chief Technology Officer 
  • Chief Information Officer 
  • Director of Information Technology 
  • Technical Services Manager 
  • Information Technology Project Manager 
  • Technology Operations Manager 
  • Technology Management Specialist 
  • IT Program Manager

Salary Expectations

Entry-level salaries for technology management careers vary depending on a number of factors including company size, location and level of education. 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 when securing a management position.

Salary.com provides information on entry-level salaries in technology management careers. The site also provides information about jobs by industry. With data collected from thousands of human resource directors across the country, Salary.com reports a median annual salary of $109,580 and some jobs earning higher salaries. Visit the site to search for information on technology management jobs in the industry desired.

PayScale.com reports entry-level salaries for management in information systems to be $51,600 with opportunity to grow to $88,600. PayScale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation.