Computer and Information Systems Managers

(NOC 0213)

in All Management

Computer and information systems managers oversee the activities of companies that analyze, design, develop, implement, operate and administer computer and telecommunications software, networks and information systems. They work throughout the public and private sectors.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 190 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate -245 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This occupation has not experienced wide-ranging layoffs because of COVID-19. The office-based nature of this work has allowed workers to meet physical distancing requirements by working from home or in an adapted office configuration. Some of these workers may be engaged in tasks or projects related to the increased popularity of virtual platforms for commerce and administration during COVID-19.

In recent years, there has been strong employment growth in most occupations related to computer and information systems, reflecting the growing presence of the industry in Halifax. Prospects in this occupation are good. Job applicants with more experience are preferred by employers, particularly at the management level. Some employers have reported difficulty finding suitable candidates within their geographic area and have expanded their search to include remote workers in other provinces. This trend may allow Nova Scotia jobseekers to work remotely for an out-of-province company.

The median employment income for the 84% of Computer and Information Systems Managers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $85,063. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, the 59% of those who worked full-time, year-round had a median employment income of $43,600. (Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$33.65

Minimum

$41.54

Median

$72.12

Maximum

Annual Pay

$39,678

Minimum

$82,142

Median

$131,142

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$16.70

Minimum

$45.17

Median

$58.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Computer and information systems managers oversee the activities of companies that analyze, design, develop, implement, operate and administer computer and telecommunications software, networks and information systems. They work throughout the public and private sectors.

Job duties

Computer and information systems managers:

  • Oversee the operations of information systems and electronic data processing (EDP) departments and companies.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for electronic data processing and computer systems development and operations.
  • Meet with clients to discuss system requirements, specifications, costs and timelines.
  • Build and manage teams of information systems workers to design, develop, implement, operate and administer computer and telecommunications software, networks and information systems.
  • Control the budget and expenses of the department, company or project.
  • Recruit and supervise computer analysts, engineers, programmers, technicians and other personnel and oversee their professional development and training.

Sample job titles

  • communication systems design manager
  • computer facility manager
  • computer networks manager
  • computer systems integration manager
  • data centre manager
  • electronic data processing (EDP) manager
  • help desk manager - information technology (IT)
  • information systems manager
  • integration manager - computer systems
  • software development manager

Skills

You need strong leadership qualities and an ability to motivate others. You need excellent organizational, problem-solving, planning, and decision-making skills. You must have confidence and initiative, and you need excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's or master's degree in computer science, business administration, commerce or engineering.

Other considerations

Several years of experience in systems analysis, data administration, software engineering, network design or computer programming, including supervisory experience, are necessary.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,040

employed in 2016

98.1%

employed full-time

3.4%

self employed

23.1%
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76.9%
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44.2

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

18.9%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

73.6%

Halifax

9.6%

Annapolis Valley

9.1%

North Shore

4.3%

Cape Breton

3.4%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

34.2%

Professional, scientific and technical services

9.5%

Public administration

8.5%

Wholesale trade

7.5%

Educational services

7.5%

Information and cultural industries

What is the age of Employment?

39.0%

35-44

29.0%

45-54

15.0%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

1.0%

65+

1.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Management

30.7%

45-54

23.1%

35-44

21.7%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

7.8%

65+

Top levels of education

36.5%

Bachelor

$93,971 median annual income
31.7%

College Diploma

$75,397 median annual income
14.4%

Master

$78,281 median annual income
7.7%

High school

$80,229 median annual income
3.8%

Diploma Below Bachelor

$88,598 median annual income

Compared to: All Management

27.2%

Bachelor

$71,875 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$42,294 median annual income
20.4%

College Diploma

$50,256 median annual income
9.1%

Master

$93,261 median annual income
7.2%

Trade Certification

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Business Administration and Management

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. They include courses in management theory, human resources management and behaviour, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College

Lower Sackville, NS

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

Middleton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

Springhill, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

Yarmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

Kentville, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

Bridgewater, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

Stellarton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Various, NS

Business/Commerce

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and non-profit public and private institutions and agencies. They prepare students to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Computer and Information Sciences

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on computing, computer science, and information science and systems as part of a broad and/or interdisciplinary program. Such programs are undifferentiated as to title and content and are not to be confused with specific programs in computer science, information science, or related support services.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Computer Science

College or University Program

These programs focus on computers, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. They include courses in the principles of computational science, and computing theory, computer hardware design, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Informatics

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on computer systems from a user-centred perspective and studies the structure, behaviour and interactions of natural and artificial systems that store, process and communicate information. They include courses in information sciences, human computer interaction, information system analysis and design, telecommunications structure and information architecture and management.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

Halifax, NS

Information Technology Project Management

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to design, develop, and manage information technology projects in a variety of companies and organizations. They include courses in principles of project management, risk management, procurement and contract management, information security management, software management, organizational principles and behaviour, communications, quality assurance, financial analysis, leadership, and team effectiveness.

Institutions providing this program

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Knowledge Management

College or University Program

These programs focus on the study of knowledge management in government agencies and corporations for the purpose of supporting stated organizational goals and objectives, and prepares individuals to function as information resource managers. They include courses in information technology, principles of computer and information systems, management information systems, applicable policy and regulations, and operations and personnel management.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Management Information Systems

College or University Program

These programs prepare students to provide and manage data systems and related facilities for processing and retrieving internal business information, select systems and train personnel, and respond to external data requests. They include courses in cost and accounting information systems, management control systems, personnel information systems, data storage and security, business systems networking, report preparation, computer facilities and equipment operation and maintenance, operator supervision and training, and management information systems policy and planning.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College

Lower Sackville, NS

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Organizational Leadership

College or University Program

These programs focus on leadership skills that can be applied to a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. They include courses in organizational planning, dynamics of leadership, finance, team building, conflict resolution and mediation, communication and other management skills.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Various, NS

Project Management

College or University Program

These programs prepare students to apply quantitative and qualitative knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to manage projects in a wide range of fields and occupations. They include courses in project planning, risk management, cost and time management, contracts and procurement, accounting, statistics, decision making, and human resources.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

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Contacts

Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
Various, NS
Digital Nova Scotia
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

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