Chief Information Officers

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Chief information officers (CIOs), also known as information systems directors, are responsible for all aspects of their company's information technology. They use their knowledge of technology and business to determine how information technology can best be used to meet company goals—especially over the long term. This may include researching, purchasing, and overseeing set-up and use of technology systems, such as intranet, Internet, and computer networks. CIOs work for a variety of employers, including businesses, government agencies, libraries, and colleges and universities.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Information Systems Directors
Duties Responsible for long-term Information Technology (IT) planning and setting organization-wide standards and polices relating to IT/information management
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience At least 10 to 15 years of experience
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Executive Officer or Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Database Administrator