Information Technology Management (ITM) is the field dedicated to supporting business data needs, addressing complex problems, and enabling innovation using technology. The fast-paced IT field is growing as organizations of all sizes adopt a global perspective and increasingly conduct business electronically with customers, suppliers, and partners, anywhere in the world. Students interested in IT need twenty-first century skills, including strong communication skills, understanding of business functions, and specialization in one or more technical areas.
ITM graduates step into roles such as Business Analyst to identify the information needs of organizational users, Application Developers who integrate these needs using appropriate and current technology. Other graduates become Database Administrators to capture and manage the huge amounts of data an organization generates or collects, or move into Network Management roles to manage the networks and systems which store or move the data, or become Security Specialists to protect organizational systems and data.
In this rapidly-changing field, the key to success is the ability to keep pace with the changing technologies that will evolve throughout your career, and understand how IT can be used to support organizational goals and drive innovation. Continuing education and a building a professional network of associates are keys to success.
ITM majors complete a set of common core classes and select an emphasis track in either development or network management. A series of business core classes provide a background in the functional areas of management, marketing, finance, accountancy and economics.
ITM Jobs and Outlook
ITM majors fill various positions in business or government. Examples include:
- Business Analyst
- Database Administrator
- System/Process Analyst
- Web Developer
- Network Manager or Administrator
- Information Security Specialist
Salaries in the ITM field vary with responsibilities and experience. The range of salaries for IT staff positions is $50,275 to $123,867, as reported by ComputerWorld for 2017 (https://www.computerworld.com/salarysurvey/breakdown/2017/joblevels#features-table-job-level-3). The median income for a IS manager with five years of experience is $135,800 in May of 2016 as reported by the Occupational Outlook Handbook (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm). They predict a 15% growth for the profession from 2014-24. US News & World Report ranks the top ten technology jobs (https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/best-technology-jobs) for 2017 with median incomes from $62,250 to $131,600.
Outlook for ITM Profession
The 2017 job forecast for the Mountain region is very positive with 21% of CIOs in the area expecting to hire “for newly created IT positions in the second half of 2017.” (https://www.computerworld.com/article/3208324/it-careers/2017-it-jobs-report-mountain-region.html).
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