In Summary - IT Manager
The Work - IT Manager
IT managers need a very broad knowledge of different IT systems, they keep up-to-date with advances in information technology.
The IT manager has to make sure that the company has all the right equipment it needs in order to be as efficient as possible. They are likely to be in charge of a budget, spending money wisely to bring the most appropriate technology into the company. They work closely with equipment suppliers, negotiating the sale and any aftersales services, such as technical support in case there are any faults with the equipment.
As well as buying new systems, IT managers keep a close watch on the technology the company already has. They think about the company's needs, and identify areas where new technology could support people's work. They may ask a systems analyst to visit the company to do an in-depth study of the existing technology and come up with suggestions to improve the situation.
Information technology managers work as closely with people as they do with machines. They make sure people are properly trained and supported in their use of IT; they may ask a computer trainer to visit the company to teach people how to use a specific system or software product.
Managers are responsible for setting quality standards, and for making sure people complete their work within deadlines and budget limitations.
They are also responsible for the accuracy and security of data within the organisation. A strict data protection law controls the use and security of information held on
IT managers must be able to cope quickly and efficiently if there are any problems with the company's computer systems. They must set up back-up systems to make sure no data is lost if there is a fault.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Review project plans to plan and coordinate project activity.
- Manage backup, security and user help systems.
- Develop and interpret organizational goals, policies, and procedures.
- Develop computer information resources, providing for data security and control, strategic computing, and disaster recovery.
- Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assess computing needs and system requirements.
- Stay abreast of advances in technology.
- Meet with department heads, managers, supervisors, vendors, and others, to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.
- Provide users with technical support for computer problems.
- Recruit, hire, train and supervise staff, or participate in staffing decisions.
- Evaluate data processing proposals to assess project feasibility and requirements.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Developing and Building Teams Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
Interests - IT Manager
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
To be an information technology manager, you must have a broad knowledge of computer systems and software products. Just as importantly, you must be willing to keep up-to-date with developments in IT.
You will need strong communication and interpersonal skills, to negotiate with equipment suppliers and to work closely with people throughout the organisation. You must be able to explain things clearly and concisely to people who may have little knowledge of computers, and be able to ask the right questions to assess their training needs.
Information technology managers need very good organisation skills to plan work, arrange meetings with other professionals (such as systems analysts or computer trainers) and set deadlines and targets.
You must be able to cope well under pressure, for example, if the system develops a fault.
Entry Requirements - IT Manager
Pay & Salary - IT Manager
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 40k - 180k
IT Manager: 40 - 120
Head of IT: 50 - 120
Director of IT / CTO / CIO : 90 - 180
Sigmar / CPL / Hudson / Abrivia / Lincoln
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Labour Market Updates - IT Manager
Employment growth in this occupation is in line with the national average. Demand relates primarily to those with a third level qualification, with experience a key contributory factor in emerging shortages.
National Skills Bulletin 2018