Chief Information Officers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the ICT strategies, plans and operations of organisations to ensure the ICT infrastructure supports the organisation's overall operations and priorities.

Also known as: Chief Technology Officer.

You usually need formal qualifications and extensive experience in the ICT industry and management roles to work as a Chief Information Officer. Chief Information Officers often have university qualifications.

Tasks

  • Analyses information needs and specifies technology to meet those needs.
  • Formulates and directs information and communication technology (ICT)strategies, policies and plans.
  • Directs the selection and installation of ICT resources and the provision of user training.
  • Directs ICT operations and sets priorities between system developments, maintenance and operations.
  • Oversees the security of ICT systems.

More about ICT Managers

All ICT Managers

  • $2,766 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Chief Information Officers

  • 3,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 97% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Chief Information Officers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 2,000 in 2011 to 3,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Chief Information Officers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and Victoria have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Financial and Insurance Services; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (97%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 10% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services32.5
Financial and Insurance Services13.0
Information Media and Telecommunications9.2
Public Administration and Safety6.7
Other Industries38.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateChief Information OfficersAll Jobs Average
NSW43.131.6
VIC30.525.6
QLD13.320.0
SA4.07.0
WA5.810.8
TAS0.62.0
NT0.41.0
ACT2.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketChief Information OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-240.7-9.39.3
25-3412.2-22.922.9
35-4440.1-22.022.0
45-5434.8-21.621.6
55-598.3-9.09.0
60-642.9-6.06.0
65 and Over1.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationChief Information OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate29.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree43.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV3.6-21.121.1
Year 1210.7-18.118.1
Year 111.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.8-12.512.5

You usually need formal qualifications and extensive experience in the ICT industry and management roles to work as a Chief Information Officer. Chief Information Officers often have university qualifications.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for ICT Managers who can communicate clearly to a diverse range of people, and provide leadership, direction and planning.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and Electronics

    88% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    67% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Mathematics

    67% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Administration and Management

    62% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Personnel and Human Resources

    58% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  2. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    95% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  3. Work With Work Group or Team

    95% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Contact With Others

    92% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

Occupational Information Network
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-3021.00 - Computer and Information Systems Managers.

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