Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Methodology'

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 10-01-2007

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs

Have you ever wondered what route CIOs have taken on their way to the top of the IT organization? CIO Insight asked 291 CIOs what experiences they had or positions they held for at least three years during their careers. What follows are their resp

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Project Manager'

Percent Who Held Job: 68%

A critical job that requires strong leadership skills, the ability to deliver results and toughness under pressure: practical skills and personal characteristics CIOs need.

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Project Manager'

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'IT-Business Intermediary'

Percent Who Held Job: 63%

CIOs need to understand business to be good diplomats. Serving as the intermediary between IT and business functions provides that opportunity to show you "get it."

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'IT-Business Intermediary'

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Programmer/Systems Developer'

Percent Who Held Job: 51%

IT innovation remains an important part of IT's mission, so hands-on development experience is a major plus.

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Programmer/Systems Developer'

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Consultant'

Percent Who Held Job: 46%

Consultants see context and look for big-picture solutions. It makes sense for CIOs to have that know-how.

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Consultant'

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'IT Architect'

Percent Who Held Job: 41%

Architects think about technology at the grand plan level; they're essential for integrating systems in complex environments. That ability to see the big technology picture is important for any CIO.

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'IT Architect'

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Business Analyst'

Percent Who Held Job: 35%

Understanding how business and IT relate is extremely helpful knowledge for the person running the IT organization.

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Business Analyst'

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Crisis Manager'

Percent Who Held Job: 34%

Crises make and break leaders. An IT manager who can steer a ship through a storm is likely to have what it takes to handle the stresses and strains of being a CIO.

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Crisis Manager'

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Head of Company or Profit-Loss Center'

Percent Who Held Job: 25%

No one understands business as well as someone who has run a business and had direct responsibility for its financial success.

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Head of Company or Profit-Loss Center'

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Worked Outside U.S. or Canada'

Percent Who Held Job: 17%

Hands-on experience working in foreign countries is crucial as more IT organizations serve global customers, operations and partners.

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Worked Outside U.S. or Canada'

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'COO or Senior Operations Executive'

Percent Who Held Job: 11%

Improving business processes is the top priority for many CIOs, so having experience as the person in charge of day-to-day operations helps.

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'COO or Senior Operations Executive'

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Professor or School Teacher'

Percent Who Held Job: 11%

Sometimes those who know, can.

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Professor or School Teacher'

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Methodology'

CIO Insight earlier this year surveyed 291 CIOs, including 128 from companies with revenues of $5 million to $100 million, 118 from companies with revenues of $100 million to $999 million and 45 from companies with revenues topping $1 billion.

Climbing the Ladder: Top 11 Jobs Held by CIOs - 'Methodology'