MIS Director / Management Information System Director

How to Become an MIS Director
MIS Director Job Duties
Skills and Qualities of an MIS Director
MIS Director Salary
Influential Professionals in this Field
Leading Organizations in this Field
Top Cities for MIS Director Jobs
Other Careers of Interest

How to become an MIS Director

The job of management information system director (MIS director) sometimes known as a chief information officer (CIO) has become increasingly important as our nation has moved into the internet age.

An MIS director must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree with a strong emphasis in technology and business. Most companies prefer a candidate with an MBA. Additionally, not all MBA's are created equal. An MBA with an emphasis on information technology is ideal.

In addition to the education requirements, it is also helpful to have work experience related to the information technology field as well.

The United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the overall job market for MIS Directors and related professionals will increase by 16% between 2006 and 2016.

What does an MIS Director do?

An MIS director usually has diverse duties including managing people, vendor relationships, and business operations. They also research technology and industry trends and attend business conferences. Being an MIS director generally requires putting in long hours and a lot of travel.

A firm's MIS director is in charge of managing a company's technological resources and ensuring that the company's technology works effectively and reliably. If a company suffers lapses in their technological capabilities it can often be very costly.

An MIS director must ensure that a company has the correct technology in place to meet their current production goals but must also look toward the future. What technology will they need to be able to function at peak productivity one, two, five, and even ten years into the future and beyond.

An MIS director must also ensure that the computer technology a company is using is secure. They usually coordinate with corporate security to see that appropriate measures are being taken to protect both the company and its clients.

In larger companies, the MIS director usually has subordinates to whom they delegate much or all of the hands on work while they supervise and strategize. In smaller companies, especially start-up companies, an MIS director may be responsible for everything related to the company's information technology from drawing up long terms plans to ensuring the computers are running smoothly.

What skills or qualities do I need to become an MIS Director?

MIS directors must be very technically minded as well as have a keen understanding of business and management principles. They are expected to be experts in their field.

As previously mentioned a college education focusing on business and technology is a must. In fact some schools now offer degree programs in management information systems.

It is definitely a plus for an MIS director to have strong interpersonal skills as they generally have to work with people including employees, vendors, and workers from other departments.

How much does an MIS Director make?

The average salary for an MIS director is $79,000. This can vary significantly based on the person's qualifications, the size of the company they work for and the city where their job is located.

Base salary is generally only part of an MIS director's total compensation. They are usually eligible for bonuses based on the performances of their department and their company. Additionally, MIS directors usually receive a full complement of benefits including but not necessarily limited to health insurance, paid vacation, 401(k) or other retirement benefits, and others.

Who are some influential professionals in this field?

Michael Shepherd is the Director of MIS for Wilco Hess, LLC which is an investment holding company based in Winston-Salem, NC.

Phil Carlucci is the MIS Director for Hasbro, Inc. which is the second largest toy maker in the world. The company is based in Pawtucket, RI.

Mark Thome is the MIS Director for International Multifoods Corp. which is a large food manufacturer based in Minnetonka, MN

Mike Misumi is the MIS Director for Rand Corporation which is a large social services company base in Santa Monica, CA.

What are some leading organizations in this field?

The Society for Information Management (SIM) was founded in 1968. They are "an association of senior IT executives, prominent academicians, selected consultants, and other IT thought leaders built on the foundation of local chapters, who come together to share and enhance their rich intellectual capital for the benefit of its members and their organizations."

The Association for Information Systems (AIS) was founded in 1994. It is "a professional organization whose purpose is to serve as the premier global organization for academics specializing in Information Systems." Their mission "is to advance knowledge in the use of information technology to improve organizational performance and individual quality of work life."

What are the top cities for MIS Director jobs?

Currently the top three cities for MIS director jobs are New York, NY, Chicago, IL, and Washington D.C. Then there is a three way tie for fourth between Detroit, MI, Houston, TX, and Dallas, TX with Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, Philadelphia, PA, and Denver, CO rounding out the top ten.

These are all large industrial cities which is consistent with the type of work an MIS Director does. It should be noted while these are cities where the jobs are based; an MIS director does not spend that much time in his office as noted before they are called upon to travel quite a lot.

In fact an MIS director's office can truly be wherever they set up their laptop as the technology that they manage is usually as mobile as they are.

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