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Information Systems Manager

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€50k > 75 
Systems & Network Manager
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(thousands per year)*
€50 - 75 
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Last Updated: May, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Uses a knowledge of computer systems to manage and run the IT needs of an organisation.


The Work header image

Information scientists need to store information, find particular information requested by their employer or a client and distribute the information to the employer or client in a way that is easy to understand. Sources of information include audio-visual materials, books, CD-ROMs, databases and reports.  
 
They may produce information systems, or carry out research work. They may research how information is generated, stored and used. A lot of research is computer based and deals with specialist areas such as computer-indexing or storing chemical formulae. An information scientist often writes reports and bulletins, and may design and set up new information and service systems.  
 
The work of an information scientist shares features with that of a librarian. Graduates from both information science and librarianship fill information posts. However, information scientists tend to work in smaller units handling specialist information. Also, they usually deal more with the dissemination than the storage of information.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Review project plans to plan and coordinate project activity.

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Manage backup, security and user help systems.

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Develop and interpret organizational goals, policies, and procedures.

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Develop computer information resources, providing for data security and control, strategic computing, and disaster recovery.

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Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assess computing needs and system requirements.

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Stay abreast of advances in technology.

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Meet with department heads, managers, supervisors, vendors, and others, to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.

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Provide users with technical support for computer problems.

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Recruit, hire, train and supervise staff, or participate in staffing decisions.

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Evaluate data processing proposals to assess project feasibility and requirements.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:  Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Developing and Building Teams:  Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You may need to be familiar with a scientific, technical, legal, commercial or other specialist field. So you need to keep up-to-date with research in that field as well as in information science. You also need to be aware of the information needs of your clients to develop suitable information systems.  
 
The work is computer based. You need to be familiar with the latest software programmes and databases.  
 
You need to be able to handle complex information. Accuracy, report writing, analytical skills and an enquiring mind are desirable features of the information scientist. An ability to communicate the required information in an accessible and effective manner for the client is essential.


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Organisation: UCD School of Information and Library Studies
  Address: Library Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 716 7055/7080
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