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Chief Information Officer

What They Do

Insider Info

CIOs are senior executives. They are responsible for all aspects of a company's information technology (IT) and computer systems. They also go by titles such as director or vice-president of information technology.

CIOs oversee a company's technical purchases. They look after services related to the IT department.

But CIOs aren't just techies. Their role crosses over technical and management boundaries. CIOs organize a company's technology department so that it works with and enhances the company's business strategy.

Have you heard of knowledge management? This new term refers to the organization of technological information so that it is understandable and usable in a business setting.

CIOs work with senior management in companies, usually reporting directly to the CEO (chief executive officer) or the CFO (chief financial officer).

Because CIOs are high up on the managerial ladder, they often have spacious offices. In larger corporations, they have secretarial staff available to assist them.

Like other top executives, CIOs often work long hours and on weekends. However, in some corporations, their schedules may be flexible.

CIOs don't have many physical demands. However, the job may require them to travel frequently to various company offices, to meetings and to conferences.

At a Glance

Stay on top of a company's technology needs

  • CIOs often work long hours and on weekends
  • The job may require them to travel frequently
  • CIOs often need to have a bachelor's or postgraduate degree in computer science


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