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Computer & Information Systems Managers

Also called: Data Processing Manager, Information Systems Director (IS Director), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager)

Where in the Coast Guard? In the Coast Guard: Aviation Resource Management; CWO - Information Systems Technician; Client Systems; Cyber Surety; Data Processing; Information Resources Management; LDO - Information Systems; Maintenance Management Analysis; RL - Special Duty Officer - Cyber Warfare Engineer; RL - Special Duty Officer Billet - Information Professional Officer; Tactical Air Control Party (TACP)

What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.
On the job, you would:
  • Review project plans to plan and coordinate project activity.
  • Manage backup, security and user help systems.
  • Develop and interpret organizational goals, policies, and procedures.


Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • management
  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base management system software
  • Apache Cassandra
  • Apache Hadoop
Web platform development software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flex
  • JavaScript
Development environment software
  • C
  • Microsoft Visual Basic


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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