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Corporate IT Managers Ride a Wave of Constant Innovation

By Alex Jenkins

January 11, 2016

This further underscores the idea that generalists are welcome. The constant evolution of technology and the need for continual learning makes this industry intriguing and tangible. There are new challenges that IT specialists see every day. In IT, there are always new languages and stacks to learn.

“IT managers must keep up with technology trends so they can evaluate the technology forecast. This allows them to invest in the right technology for the present and future,” Timpson says. 

Due to the constant evolution of technology, Timpson says it is important for everyone to adapt and constantly learn new skills.

“Ultimately, in IT management you are judged by your ability to execute and get things done in a way that provides value to the company,” he says.Effective managers are deeply disciplined in their work and studies. Daly says there is no specific skill set he looks for when hiring. Places like Ancestry have hired electrical engineers, computer science graduates, even MBA students as IT managers. There is no specific formula—success comes from the ability to migrate from one technology to another.

“Successful IT managers have to spend a certain amount of time each week learning new skills and trends,” Timpson says. “IT managers ought to be life-long learners and thinkers. They must be willing to take on new projects and divert time each week to more education. Growth encourages new perspectives.”

The fundamental mindset that you should never stop learning does a lot not only for your résumé, but for your ability to direct a team as well. Daly says when he’s looking for a quality manager, he looks beyond education, though that is important.

“I want someone who is a leader; both an architectural leader and a leader in infrastructure. We want someone who can come through our doors, bring in work, assess the work being done, and execute the work we need in the future.”

Staying on top of it all is more than just education, it’s allowing yourself to be a definitive leader in an ever-changing industry.

2012-2022 Employment Projections for Computer and Information Systems Managers

This occupation is expected to experience faster than average employment growth with a high volume of annual job openings. … Prospects should be favorable for this occupation. Many companies note that it is difficult to find qualified applicants for positions. Because innovation is fast paced in IT, opportunities should be best for those who have extensive work experience and knowledge of the newest technology. Compared to all occupations, wages for this occupation are very high.

  • Current employment: 2,680
  • Projected employment: 3,510
  • Annual percent change: 3.1%
  • Annual salary (inexperienced): $77,940
  • Annual salary (median): $113,140

Source: Utah Department of Workforce Services

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