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As a senior-level employee, you have several years of leadership experience. You've worked in the information technology sector in the past, most likely in a senior role with a management component. You're experienced at managing both resources and people. You're also highly strategic and excel at shaping company strategy, particularly as it relates to technology.

As an IT executive, you play a central role in determining your company's approach to information and technology. You supervise the acquisition of technical equipment, systems, software and intelligence. You also determine how to allocate technical resources and personnel. You contribute significant strategic input with the goal of enhancing your organization’s profitability.

what IT executive jobs entail

As an IT executive, you work in an office full time. Your hours vary from 35 to 60 per week, depending on the needs of your employer and ongoing projects. You may be in charge of your company's IT department, or work with other execs to co-manage IT initiatives. You work closely with C-suite execs such as the CEO and COO to ensure your organization's IT department is on track to meet growth and business objectives.

average IT executive salaries

Your salary as an IT executive is highly dependent on your specific job title and the company that you work for. IT executive titles can range from directors to VPs to C-level roles.

Most IT executives in Canada will be able to command a starting salary in excess of $100,000. This includes executive jobs such as IT director and VP of technology or IT. As you move into C-suite roles such as CIO and CTO, starting salaries rise to the mid $100,000 range. With years of experience, your salary can increase to in excess of $250,000.

Keep in mind that executive salaries will vary greatly by company and can diverge from these averages. You may command more or less depending on the experience and skill you bring to the table.

your day to day tasks

Your work varies depending on the size and scope of your organization. The smaller the company you work for, the more encompassing your role will be.

If you’re employed by a small to mid-sized company, you may oversee each aspect of your organization’s online presence and all the technologies used by clients and employees. You're likely in charge of allocating your company's technical resources and personnel. You may also be responsible for internal systems and data security. You probably lead a team of managers or supervisors, who in turn have people reporting to them.

If your organization is large, you may take on some of the roles above. You might also serve on your company’s board of directors and play a role in determining your company’s strategic direction. You contribute insights about the IT branch of your company.

where you can work

With the ubiquity of technology in all areas of business, IT executives are needed in a wide variety of industries. You'll find IT executive jobs in sectors such as healthcare, finance and accounting, information technology, telecommunications, software development, and many more.

As with many tech jobs, IT executive jobs are concentrated in major metropolitans across Canada such a Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.

IT executive opportunities are expected to be on the rise over the next several years. With the baby boomer generation reaching retirement age, many executive jobs will be opening up to younger generations with fresh ideas and insights.

what you bring to the table

As the leader of your organization’s IT initiatives, you need to bring a solid understanding of business and how IT can enhance productivity and ensure your company reaches business objectives. You play a key role in guiding the direction of your employer's IT strategy. In order to perform your job as an IT executive, you should be:

  • highly analytical and a problem solver
  • a strategic thinker who sees the "big picture"
  • an excellent communicator, both written and verbally
  • a leader with strong managerial skills
  • experienced with operations management
  • able to adapt to new and evolving technologies

training and certifications

An undergraduate degree in computer science, or a business degree will be required for almost all executive jobs, with most organizations looking a step above for a post-graduate education. This could include an MBA in information technology, management, or marketing.

In addition to your academic qualifications, companies seek out business professionals with extensive leadership and marketing experience. A proven track record of success managing a team or key projects in previous roles will prove invaluable when working your way into an IT executive job.

where your career is headed

IT executive roles will be plentiful over the next decade as more and more companies adopt and become intertwined with technology. Additionally, the baby boomers who are currently holding down executive roles are rapidly shifting into retirement. As companies lose some of their most senior execs to retirement, they are turning to younger generations to supply fresh ideas.

Ambitious, hardworking employees with several years in senior or management roles will find jobs as IT directors, VP of technology, IT or information, and other executive roles are a logical next step in their career.

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