Annual mean wage: $125,660
Training time: 4+ years
How important are computer and information systems managers to most companies? When your computer crashes or you lose a file, you can’t call the IT department fast enough, right? IT managers not only manage a large IT support staff, but also plan and implement a company’s IT strategies. Attaining this position requires a bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field and several years working in IT support. While IT managers work in virtually every industry, the best-compensated work is in the motion picture and securities exchange industries, where they average $162,520 and $156,180, respectively. By a wide margin, California has more IT managers than any other state.