Chief Information Officers


Chief Information Officers


Chief information officers (CIOs), also known as information systems directors, are responsible for all aspects of their company's information technology. They use their knowledge of technology and business to determine how information technology can best be used to meet company goals—especially over the long term. This may include researching, purchasing, and overseeing set-up and use of technology systems, such as intranet, Internet, and computer networks. CIOs work for a variety of employers, including businesses, govern...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



At least 10 to 15 years of experience



Business Management


Personality Traits



Earnings among CIOs vary substantially based on the type and size of the employer, their experience and educational background, and other such factors. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2018, the median annual salary of computer and information managers, which includes chief information officers, was $142,530. The top 25 percent earned more than $180,190 annually, and the lowest...

Work Environment

Chief information officers work in typical office settings. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that about one fourth of computer and information systems managers (a category that includes CIOs) work more than 50 hours a week.

This job can be stressful at times because CIOs must work closely with various departments or colleagues that may question their strategies and decisions. Since...


Employment for computer and information systems managers (including CIOs) is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. As consumers and industries become increasingly reliant on computers and information technology, and digital platforms, in general, the expertise of CIOs will be in continuous demand. As computer t...