Most everyone recognizes the title of CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and CFO (Chief Financial Officer). However, a position that is not as well known is the CIO or Chief Information Officer. The fast-paced growth and evolution of technology has created a need in businesses to have one person lead this growth in their firm (Earnhardt, 2011). With the large variety of networks, hardware, software, users, and other technology points, there is a need for someone to be the “point person” to effectively manage technology in a firm and that person is the CIO. Having one IT department with a single manager is no longer possible due to the control over their technology needs that other departments are requiring.
The CIO acts as a liaison between the various business departments and IT. Knowledge management and the management of company data are critical to the success of the firm. More and more employees believe they should be able to tap into this data in order to do their jobs effectively (Earnhardt, 2011). It is up to the IT department to make this happen and it is up to the CIO to lead the charge. Being able to adapt to working with other areas in the firm is a critical skill for the CIO of the future (Gartner Newsroom, 2011). Earning a degree that covers management, business, and IT skills is a perfect blend for this challenge.
IT is a growing field with a bright outlook for job opportunities. It is expected to grow 10-19% nationwide in the next 8 years. Most IT careers are available to candidates who hold a bachelors degree in some related IT field (O*Net OnLine, 2010). So if you are looking to enter an IT profession, earning your IT degree is a great way to start. Earning a Masters degree with an IT emphasis can be the difference that could catapult you to the CIO level.
Earnhardt, J. (2011, August 24). Business leader of the future: Chief Information Officer. The Platform. Retrieved June 19, 2012 from http://blogs.cisco.com/news/business-leader-of-the-future-chief-information-officer-infographic/.
Gartner Newsroom. (2011, December 1). Gartner reveals top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2012 and beyond. Retrieved June 19, 2012 from http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1862714.
O*Net OnLine. (2010). Summary report for computer and information systems managers. Retrieved June 19, 2012, from http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-3021.00.