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IT Career Level 5

Following are some of the most popular IT job titles that companies are looking for, as well as their job description, salary and education/credential requirements. There are many more IT job titles than what you see below; we have only listed a few of the most popular in each sector.

Chief Information Officer

VP of IT Services, Chief Information Officer, VP of Network Systems, Chief Technology Officer

Job Description:
The CIO is responsible for strategic planning, development, execution and implementation related to the company's Information Technology Services. They work with the IT team to devise the strategic direction and they are responsible for budget expenditures and staff oversight of the IT Services department. CIOs plan, organize and lead the IT department to meet company standards and strategic goals and ensure consistency with the company's mission statement.

CIOs utilize their knowledge of information technologies, techniques and best practices to help position the company for the future. They maintain and develop a competent, productive and quality-conscious work force. They also develop and implement processes through orientation, training and education to ensure that the competency of all staff members are assessed, maintained, improved, and demonstrated throughout their employment.

They will prepare and control operating budgets and department resources by forecasting future IT funding needs of the organization, as well as act as a consultant for the organization for initiatives related to IT development and implementation.

IT career goal-setters looking to become a CIO or CTO must demonstrate superior negotiation and leadership skills, information technology expertise and knowledge. They also must have a strong commitment to customer service, including a proactive consultative style. Understanding the connection between electronic communications and the network in an organization's overall information and communications strategy is also essential.

They need the ability to lead and motivate individuals and groups of people toward the accomplishment of work and organizational goals with experience in selection, evaluation, and direction of subordinates. The also must work and relate well to all levels of associates, internal and external customers, operations managers and the general public.

Education/Credential Requirements:
(Note: The requirements listed below were assembled based on the most popular IT job titles and company expectations. We have listed the most likely requirements. You may not need them all, but you will certainly be required to have some of them. If you need help with this, please speak to one of our Training Advisors at 877-872-4646 and they can guide you to the correct path.)

(Required): [High School Diploma or Equivalent]; [Bachelor’s Degree]; [Project Management Professional (PMP)]; [Comptia Project+]; [Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Managing Projects with Microsoft Office Project 2007]; [IT Infrastructure Library]; [SAP R/3]; [Soft Skills in Communications]; [Soft Skills in Management]; [Soft Skills in Leadership]

(Recommended): Working towards [Master's Degree];
Must have some type of IT Certifications:
[Basic Linux]; [Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)]; [CompTIA A+ Certification]; [Cisco CCENT™ (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) Certification]; [EMC Proven Professional Storage Technologist Associate Certification]; [Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Windows Vista, Configuration]; [Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Business Desktop Deployment]; [CompTIA Server+ Certification]; [CompTIA Network+ Certification]; [CompTIA Linux+ Certification]; [Junior Level Linux Professional (LPIC-1)]; [Novell SUSE Linux Fundamentals]; [CompTIA Security+ Certification]; [Cisco CCNA™ Certification]; [Cisco CCDA™ Certification]; [Check Point Certified Security Administrator (CCSA) NGX Certification]; [Sun Certified System Administrator]; [IBM INFORMIX-Online Dynamic Server]; [Cisco CCNP™ Certification]; [Cisco CCDP™ Certification]; [Intermediate Level Linux Professional (LPIC-2)]; [GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)]; [Novell Netware Technologies]; [Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)]; [MCITP: Enterprise Administrator Certification]

Also review the following page on Understanding Certifications

Also review the following page on Understanding Soft Skills

Salary information:
National Average Salary: $86,863.00
For more detailed Salary information see our Salary Statistics page.

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