Chief Information Officers

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.

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

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