What Can You Do With a Master of Science in Information Technology?

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an overall growth rate of 13% from 2016 to 2026 for computer and information technology occupations, an equivalent of approximately 557,100 new jobs

For those looking to join one of the fastest-growing job sectors in the U.S., that’s excellent news. And if you have a master’s degree in information technology, your training and knowledge will help you prepare leadership roles. 

Management Careers for Master of Science in Information Technology Graduates

Below are just a few of the information technology management careers that may be available to graduates with a master’s degree in information technology.

Computer and Information Systems Manager

Computer and information systems managers, also referred to as IT managers or IT project managers, oversee a company’s computer-related activities. They work with top executives to determine the company’s computing goals, then create a plan to meet those goals.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for this job is $139,220 per year. The growth outlook from 2016 to 2026 is 12%, faster than the 7% nationwide average for all professions.

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Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Chief information officers are high-level executives usually found in large organizations. They’re the primary decision-makers when it comes to the company’s information framework. 

PayScale lists the average CIO salary at $154,751 per year. 

Data Science/Analytics Manager

Data science or analytics managers oversee a team of data analysts and are responsible for devising strategies, including selecting and implementing analytics tools, for data analysis and reporting.

According to Indeed.com, an analytics manager makes an average $105,779 per year.

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Usually, a skilled creative technologist, the chief technology officer forms part of a company’s executive team and leads the organization’s technology efforts, which includes the enhancement or development of the technology the company sells.

According to Salary.com, the annual median pay for a chief technology officer in the U.S. is $235,199.

IT Risk Manager

IT risk managers evaluate, assess, and identify potential IT risks that may negatively impact an organization’s security, safety, reputation, and financial wellbeing. They’re responsible for creating and implementing procedures and processes that ensure the company is prepared for any IT eventuality.

PayScale lists the average IT risk manager salary at $117,832 per year.

NCU’s Master of Science in Information Technology Degree

Northcentral University’s Master of Science in Information Technology program prepares you for technology-related leadership roles in private and government organizations. It is designed and taught by professionals with real-world experience in the field, and trains you on a variety of technology topics including mobile computing, network and database management, technology design, and information security.

For questions about the program, please call us at 866-776-0331. You may also use our online form below to request for information.

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